Quo Vadis Aida? (2020)

Quo Vadis Aida? (2020)

A difficult and alarmingly timely portrayal of the Srebrenica massacre

The Very Best

8.2

Movie

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnian, Dutch, English
Drama, History, War
2020
FEMALE DIRECTOR, JASMILA ŽBANIĆ
Alban Ukaj, Boris Isaković, Boris Ler
104 min

What it's about

Bosnia, July 1995. Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people – rescue or death? Which move should she take?

The take

This Oscar-nominated drama tells the story of the events leading up to the Srebrenica massacre, in which 8372 Bosnian Muslims were killed. It focuses on one U.N. worker who was caught between trying to protect her family, herself, and helping people in need.

The film is as horrific as it is relevant: up until the actual killing starts, people are constantly being assured that everything is under control and that there is no reason to panic. This gives an eerie feeling of resemblance to the tone many minorities in distress receive nowadays.

Still, Quo Vadis, Aida? stops at depicting any of the acts that were committed that day. Instead, it focuses on Aida’s unrelenting race against the clock to save whatever she can.

Comments

One of best movies I’ve seen. Bosnian cinematography at it’s best.

Best film I’ve watched in years. Watch it.

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