Festival of Tolerance opened in Sarajevo!!
Today, at the Meeting Point cinema at 19 PM, the Opening ceremony of the Festival of Tolerance – 2nd Sarajevo Jewish Film Festival took place. In the name of La Benevolencija, which is the Partner of the Festival, Jakob Finci addressed the audience. Branko Lustig, the Honorary president of the Festival, also held a short foreword. Along with expressing his pleasure with the fact that the Festival was brought to Sarajevo for the second time, Branko Lustig also passed the greetings from the exceptional Mustafa Nadarević to the audience. Mustafa Nadarević is the lead actor of the film which opened the Festival, but due to the health issues, he was unfortunately in the hospital.
The film which opened the Festival was "When Day Breaks", the achievement which had also opened this year's Jewish Film Festivals in Zagreb and Rijeka. It is a story abot the music professor Misha Brankov, who finds out about his real origins under extraordinary circumstances. During some excavations at the premises of former Judenlager Semlin, a concentration camp in Belgrade, an iron box with documents was found, which had previously been buried by Isaac Weiss in 1941. Professor finds out that his real parents were called Weiss, and that they had left him to the Brankov family before they were taken to the camp. The box also contains an unfinished music score titled "When day breaks", which was composed by Isaac Weiss. While searching for the truth about himself, professor also traces for the little-known truth about the concentration camp.
"Saving Face" was the first film of the program. It is the winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject, and it speaks out about the Pakistani women who were the victims of the acid attacks. The film already won extremely high grades from the audience in Zagreb and Rijeka. At 21 PM the screening of the short German film "Sein Kampf" took place. Tonio Kellner, the producer and the scriptwriter of the film, was also present as he answered the questions from the audience. Kellner talked about the presence of neo-Nacizm in today's Germany and the importance of the school visits from the Holocaust survivors who tell about their experiences to the students throughout his country. Branko Lustig also joined the discussion as he spoke about the significance of forgiveness. The program ended with the screening of the feature film "Out in the Dark".