Filmmaker Laura Angiulli explores the painful past and uncertain future of Bosnia in this documentary. Hatidza Mehmedovic is a woman whose life symbolizes the bloody turmoil of Bosnia -- the wave of genocide that swept the nation in 1995 claimed the lives of her father, her siblings, her husband and her children. Mehmedovic survived the bloody infighting with her spirit intact, but even the strongest in Bosnia feel the weight of their recent history, and Angiulli captures Mehmedovic's mixed emotions on film as they tour three Bosnian cities. The capital city of Sarajevo has labored to move beyond the past, and reflects the side of Bosnia that strives to build a better and more stable future. On the other hand, Mostar is a town that shows how far there is to go, with Muslims and Serbs still living in segregated neighborhoods and most of the city struggling with an economy that's bottomed out. And Srebrenica is a living testament to the scars of the war; over 8,000 died in the fighting, 4,000 are still missing, and an annual day of remembrance uncovers wounds that will take generations to heal. Verso Est was an official selection at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
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