Bosnian Tunes

20 October - 28 October 2017

Pera Film as part of Bosnia Sancak Culture Days is presenting Bosnian Tunes, a program of six films exploring Bosnia and Herzegovina’s different music genres and its cultural relationships. The diverse musical genres entail Sevdalinka, also known as the Balkan Blues, folk, hip-hop and rock. The journey director Adela Peeva takes after deciding to track down a song she heard at a restaurant in Istanbul, recounts the melancholic yet lively and astounding story of this melody that is boasted in each country she visits. Sali S. Saliji’s film Sevdalinka, which was invited to the Sarajevo Film Festival this year, introduces the performers of this music and accompanies their narratives. Gianluca Loffredo’s film, No Smoking in Sarajevo, which received awards from several film festivals, includes rare footage of the former legendary Yugoslav-Bosnian band “Zabranjeno pusenje,” translating to “Smoking is Forbidden” Meanwhile, the film called Sevdah invites the audience to the discovery-filled musical journey of musician Damir Imamović and director Marina Andree Škop as they mourn the death of their mutual friend, Farah.

As part of Pera Film’s programs, musician and the lead actor of Sevdah, Damir Imamović will perform on Friday, October 20. Following the screening on Saturday, Balkan music researcher and musician Muammer Ketencoglu will be in conversation with Imamović.

This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.




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