Crushing feature film about the genocide in Srebrenica.
“Don’t shoot the piano player” were the famous words of Dutchbat commander Thom Karremans before he raised his glass to Serbian general Ratko Mladić in 1995. Shortly thereafter, Mladić’s army began a genocide among the Muslim enclave in Srebrenica that claimed more than eight thousand victims.
This poignant and much-needed drama by Jasmila Žbanić accurately dissects how this conflict went from bad to worse. In her previous films, Žbanić explored the lasting impact of the genocide on contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina. Now, for the first time, she brings the events into sharp focus. She follows the fictional character Aida, an interpreter at the Dutch UN base in Srebrenica, who feels torn apart. She must translate Dutch orders for the local population, but loses confidence that the UN soldiers are capable of de-escalating this war situation.
Quo Vadis, Aida? was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category and won several awards including the Audience Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and the Grand Jury Award at Movies that Matter.