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March 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please join us for a screening of the documentary film The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth, followed by a Q & A with David Pettigrew, filmmaker and professor of Philosophy and Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Southern Connecticut State University.
The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth, a documentary film by David Pettigrew and Jonah Quickmire Pettigrew explores the extent to which the perpetrators of the genocide in Bosnia (1992-1995) violently transformed the terrain. Natal villages were destroyed and over 1,000 Mosques and other cultural institutions were razed. In many cases, the Mosques were replaced with Serbian Orthodox Churches. Approximately 70,000 Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) were murdered. More than 500 mass graves containing the bodies of the victims have been discovered. Approximately one million Bosniaks were forced into exile. Today, this genocidal geography has imposed a dehumanizing zone of exclusion in the form of the political entity known as Republika Srpska, a zone of exclusion to which, the film suggests, a geography of justice must respond; a geography of justice that would allow the Bosniaks to live and flourish in their homes and communities once again. The documentary unfolds the experiences, and tells the stories of survivors and refugees, in their own words and through their own voices.
From the Harriman Institute.