JaBih…five days of Sarajevo in Zagreb festival brings two cities together in culture

Lat night sow the opening of the forth JaBiH..five days of Sarajevo in Zagreb festival. JaBiH showcases recent cultural production made in and about Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina trough a series of films screenings, exhibitions and concerts.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is Croatia’s first eastern neighbor with which it shares the longest state border and has a long history of relations (one of the constitutional nationalities there are Croats, alongside Bosnians and Serbs) that the festival is trying to strengthen and deepen. A second iteration of the festival is being held in Sarajevo each year, presenting culture made in Zagreb.

In its five days he festival will screen contemporary films from BiH selected by Ena Rahelic, manager of the famous Sarajevo Film Festival and include Love Island, Bridges of Sarajevo, Love, Rus, Amra and Nuno, Redemption, Into the Blue and Orfej, with a special focus on Baladi o Pišonji i Žugi (a ballad of…well, we really can’t translate those) , a project inspired by a cult song of the same name from Zabranjeno Pusenje.

The song about two seventeen year old boys hearing how many easy tourist girls there are on the Croatian seaside decide to steal a cassette player from the community home for the disabled and a bus from a repair garage with which they head to the seaside. The police had set up barricades on the freeway to stop the criminal masterminds who, until then, did not realize that the bus was in the garage because the breaks did not work. They broke the barricades and crash landed in the fields. As Pisonja is being transported to the emergency vehicle he looks at the moon and ponders ‘God, people travel all the way up there, but me and Zuga, we can’t even get to the seaside’

The song was a instant cult classic in the entire Yugoslavia, as it captured the essence of the local pathos. Being a true story might have also helped. The film created by Jasmin Durakovic and Sejo Sakson, the author of the song, is inspired by those events.

The festival runs until Friday, October 9th, and will be held in art cinema/club Gric, Jurisiceva street 6, the plateau in front of Potepuh bar, Dolac and Krajncar gallery, Kaptol street 26. All events are free.

Tuesday, October 6th

Kranjcar gallery
19,00 h
Mind set / „Smart“ / Mentor / Student
Amra Zulfikarpasic / Ema Kasumagic

Art-kino Gric
20,00 h
Rus, documentary, Damir Ibrahimovic, 2014. 61′
Nuno, documentary, Nedzad Begovic, 2015. 25′

Potepuh Bar/ Dolac Plac
20,30 h
Amra, documentary, Nedzad Begovic, 2015. 57′
Waves and patterns by Dado Dzihan – DJ set / Old school


Wednesday, 7.10.

Art- kino Gric
18,00 h
Love, children’s film, 2014. 37′ 53”

20,00 h
Amra, documentary, Nedzad Begovic, 2015. 57′
Redemption, short film, Mirna Dizdarevic, 2014.12′
Into the Blue, short film, Nejra Latic Hulusic, 2014. 10′
Orfej, short film, Tina Šmalcelj,2013.4′

Potepuh bar / Dolac plac
20,00 h
Island of Love, feature film, Jasmila Zbanic, 2014.86′


Thursday, 8.10.

Art –kino Gric
20.00 h
Bridges of Sarajevo, omnibus, 2014.114′

Potepuh bar / Dolac
20,00 h
Into the Blue, short film, Nejra Latic Hulusic, 2014. 10′
Nuno, documentary film , Nedzad Begovic, 2015. 25′

DJ- Sarajevo rock and pop school 70′ i 80′

Friday, 9.10.

Art- Kino Gric
20,00 h
Love Island, feature film, Jasmila Zbanic.2014.86′

Potepuh bar / Dolac
20,00 h
Video presentation of the Ballad of Pisonja i Zuga project

21,00 sati
Live act ATENTAT