This year’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner ‘Grbavica‘ is starting this week in the cinemas here. The film unfolds its story around the traumatic impact of war rape for a muslim mother, who tries to hide that fact as well to herself and her daughter, as to the surrounding society, which equally tries to ignore post-war syndroms.
Young filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic explains that she felt a necessity for her own to deal with Bosdnia’s traumatic past and the lingering impact:â€œPeople go on living normally and things from the war are just hidden, and itâ€™s like in Esmaâ€™s world, she has her pain which is hidden, itâ€™s not so obvious. War is obvious because you see blood and dead people but this post-war also has a lot of invisible pain.â€ (link)
|Synopsis: Single mother Esma lives with her 12 year-old daughter, Sara, in post-war Sarajevo. When mother and daughter discuss the delicate topic of the death of Sara’s father, a war hero, Esmaâ€™s responses are always vague. The situation becomes more complicated when the school offers to take pupils on a free trip, provided they can furnish a certificate proving that they are the offspring of a war hero. Sara canâ€™t get rid of the nagging feeling that somethingâ€™s not right when she is not on the list of the orphans of war heroes. Esma breaks down and brutally reveals the painful facts: Esma was raped in a prisoner-of-war camp. The first step is overcoming the trauma…||
UPDATE: arte has collected quite some information on this film in french and german