Kemal Pervanic is a writer, community activist and Bosnian concentration camp survivor; Dave Evans is an award winning artist and filmmaker.
This film is about Kemal's village, Kevljani, in Bosnia and how the lives of his family and friends were changed for ever when their village was one day attacked by Serb nationalist forces.
Using home movies and personal testimony we visit a prewar world infected not by ancient hatreds but of a people - Serbs, Bosniaks and Croats - whose lives were closely entwined with each other and with the land that they shared.
Many of those who survived the initial attack were to die or suffer terrible violence in the concentration camps that were set up nearby. Many people remain missing, their bodies unclaimed.
For ten years Kevljani was a ghost village. Only in 2000 were the first survivors able to return. The film follows their journey to rebuild their lives and to locate the missing.
Slowly they have rebuilt but their Serb neighbours remain silent about the violence that they suffered. Even when, by chance, villagers came across the site of two mass graves containing over 600 bodies right in the middle of the village local authorities continue deny them their right to commemorate the past.
The film asks what draws these people back to this place of suffering and looks at how they are rebuilding their lives while their neighbours stubbornly refuse to share with them the location of a further 1000 missing people.
What We Need & What You Get
We have thanks to the generosity of friends and the goodwill of the people of Kevljani completed filming. What we need to do now is put it altogether. We need about three months of edit time to complete a first cut of the film.
So far the guys at Crash Edit (edit) and Tom Scott (composer) and Alan Omerovic (sound designer) have been donating their services for free.
We'd like to be able to pay our editor a nominal sum and also put some money into a fighting fund for sending the film out to festivals, broadcasters, distributors and other people who can help us get the film out into the world.
We'd also like to donate 10% of anything we raise to the building of a community centre and youth arts centre in Kevljani village to be shared by all communities.
We're asking for a total of $8000
$4000 to pay for the hire of the edit suite
$500 for archive research/transcripts/admin.
$2000 for music and sound.
£700 for festival costs (copies of film, admin charges on entry, accreditation, travel)
$800 to the Most Mira International Youth Arts Centre.
At the moment we are targeting the following festivals:
Sheffield Doc Fest.
Please let us know of any others where you think our project would fit.
The film asks what draws these people back to this place of suffering and how do they deal with life in the midst of their tormentors and why reconciliation remains a distant dream.
It also looks to the future and asks what can be done to heal the wounds of this terrible conflict.
We aim to distribute the film as widely as possible, through festivals, broadcasters and cinemas and to send copies of the film to schools, government agencies and international policy makers in an attempt to spark a public dialogue about the issues it raises.
Your donation, no matter how small, will fund our effort which aims to kick start a constructive dialogue between the two communities, addressing the issues raised above, and helping the process of community healing that will eventually lead to both groups building a better, shared future in the region.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't donate, please let people know about the campaign by sharing this link or join our Facebook page PRETTY VILLAGE and follow the project.
Maybe you know people that would be interested in helping us get the film to a wider audience - let us know.
We want to know what you think of the project.
We hope that 10% of the money that we raise can go towards the Most Mira International Youth Arts Centre situated between the villages of Petrov Gai and Kevljani. If you want to find out more about his project please go to www.mostmiraproject.org/news/