Examples of Documentary Film Makers and their Films

*An example film has been made by Nicholas Khoury (Lebanon), about Bosnia. He compares the effects of war on the Bosnians and the Lebanese in his documentary film ‘Beirut of the Balkans‘. See his website for more information.

*Another film is made by someone we as Genius Network know (he has been invited as a guest lecturer before our Amsterdam University Research Trip to Lebanon in 2005): Jack Janssen from The Netherlands. The film is called ‘Fairuz: We loved each other so much’. It is a movie about Lebanon and its legendary singer Fairuz, and how art can bring different factions and religions of the country together, unlike politics etc.

*Mustafa Hadziibrahimovic (Bosnia/The Netherlands) has made the movie Bosnia: The Land of the Missing. The documentary “Land of the Missing” is a painful portrait of two extraordinary people who are directly involved in the search for missing persons. There are thousands of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were all killed during the war between 1992 and 1995.

*In this documentary Eric van den Broek and Katarina Rejger take a look behind the scenes of the humanitarian aid organisations in war-torn Bosnia at the end of the 1990’s Circus Sarajevo Documentary Film. An entire new business had started in Sarajevo with the arrival of the dozens of aid organisations’ influx.

*From Beirut to Bosnia by Robert Fisk. In this controversial three-part series filmed in Lebanon, Gaza, Israel, Egypt, and Bosnia, Robert Fisk—award-winning Middle East and Balkans correspondent for the London Independent—reports on Muslim unrest as ideology, religion, history, and geography come into conflict. This Films for the Humanities production focuses its capable eye on Lebanon’s guerilla war that aims to liberate southern Lebanon from Israeli control. The scope of this tragic conflict is brought into sharp focus in this documentary through the use of extensive interviews with participants from the Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad movements, views of civilian casualties caused by Israeli air attacks, and photographic evidence of the ongoing destruction of life and property in the region. The viewer should be advised that this video contains some disturbing scenes of this conflict.

*Heaven over Srebrenica is a documentary film by Firas Dabbagh. On the 11th of July 1995, the most shameful crimes after World War II in Europe destroyed the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. Shootings and deportations beyond imagination were preceded by a betrayal of humanity: while 40,000 civilians were looking into the sky of Srebrenica, waiting for a sign from the international community, guaranteeing their protection, the headquarters of the United Nations decided to surrender. Their betrayal kills 8,372 men, women, and children. “Heaven over Srebrenica” is based on the protocols of the secret crisis meetings of the UN headquarters. In a unique way, never before released original material of the consequences is shown next to those who are responsible for these acts.

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