Sarajevolution, a 52' documentary.

One of the most renowned victims of the siege of Sarajevo is the Vijećnica, the majestic building that housed the national and university library. In 1992, it was hit with heavy artillery and incendiary bombs by Serbian military forces, severely damaging the building and consigning hundreds of thousands of books to the flames.

Nowadays, the Vijećnica is still in ruins, almost inaccessible, wrappe
d up in bleak scaffolds and looked at in pity and disenchantment. But all around it the city of Sarajevo is vital, dynamic, and culturally alive: many people are busy studying, practicing and challenging existing cultural norms, often in original and provocative ways. In a sense, then, the library has long ceased to represent and reflect the cultural life surrounding it.

It is in the space opened up by this gap that the documentary film Sarajevolution places itself. Through interrogating the ‘living library’ constituted by the people who are culturally active in Sarajevo, the film aims to retrieve salient fragments of knowledge and creative inspiration, and use them to metaphorically fill the empty shelves of the Vijećnica.

Filling a library cannot be reduced to the mechanical act of ordering books on the shelves. It is much more than that: it is about taking a peep at the books while sorting them out and being surprised at what one may find; it is about sharing the excitement of some discoveries and treasuring the secret intimacy of some others; it is also about enabling other people to experience the same by making the library accessible to everyone. Sarajevolution is about all of this.

For more informations:
sarajevolution.com
facebook.com/sarajevolution
info@actingout.it
+39 011 0765193

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Executive Production ActingOUT

Directed by Rocco Riccio

Written by Giulia Levi, Marco Rubichi,

Camera: Luca Vigliani

ActingOUT creative studio all rights reserved ©2012

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