Accepted Paper:

Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War  
The Filmstream

Paper long abstract:

<em>Filmmaker: Jeff Silva, USA</em>

Balkan Rhapsodies is an episodic documentary poem that interweaves a mosaic of encounters, observations, and reflections from Silva's travels throughout war-torn Serbia and Kosovo between 1999-2005. By immersing himself intimately into the lives of people he meets, the film grapples with the inexplicable contradictions he encounters while digging deeper in search for comprehension. Using the 78 days of NATO bombings (March 24 – June 10, 1999) as a structural reference point, this documentary infuses the fragmentation, cultural incongruities and ultimate dissolution of the Former Yugoslavia into the fabric of its editing through a poetic assemblage of 78 episodic movements.

55', 2008

Distributor: www.der.org

Panel W104
Visual representation of crisis through ethnographic film