Building Bridges - a Film about Bosnia’s Mostar Women’s Citizen Initiative

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Building Bridges - a Film about Bosnia’s Mostar Women’s Citizen Initiative


Currently showing at film festivals around the world, Building Bridges is an inspiring documentary chronicling the story of the Mostar Women’s Citizen Initiative, an exceptional group of community leaders, political activists, and ordinary citizens who launched a joint effort to transcend ethnic and religious differences to mend a country fractured by war.
Date: February 21, 2007Building Bridges is inspiring documentary chronicling the story of the Mostar Women’s Citizen Initiative, an exceptional group of community leaders, political activists, and ordinary citizens who launch a joint effort to transcend ethnic and religious differences to mend a country fractured by war. A multi-ethnic town in the southern part of Bosnia, Mostar was ravaged by war during the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict but was once renowned for its 16th century historic bridge that symbolized Mostar’s multi-ethnic community. The bridge, which was destroyed in 1993 but recently rebuilt, connects the Bosniak and Croat communities living on opposite sides of the Neretva River.The women of the Mostar Women’s Citizen Initiative, members of the two communities newly linked by the bridge, set aside sharp differences to heal the painful wounds of war. With the support of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), their disciplined and sustained advocacy efforts produced a new law protecting women and families. With narration provided by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Building Bridges recounts the inspirational story of this remarkable group of women whose friendship, courage and common purpose change an entire community and serve to protect a future that they came so close to losing. This documentary has been highly acclaimed and has been shown at over twenty film festivals, including the Saravejo Film Festival in Bosnia Herzegovina, the Dubrovnik International Film Festival in Croatia, The VIVISECTfest Festival on Human Rights in Serbia, and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. In the coming months, the film will also be shown in the United States at the Washington, DC Independent Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Beverly Hills Shorts Festival, and the Reel Women Film Festival. You can see the film here: http://current.com/items/76435762_building_bridgesFor more information, please contact Piper Nelson, Women’s Political Participation Program Officer, NDI, (202) 728-5657, pnelson@ndi.org.

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