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QUEER SARAJEVO FESTIVAL 2008
(Bosnia-Herzegovina/ 2008/ 33 min)
Masa Hilcisin, Ćazim Dervišević 

The organisers and participants of the first queer festival in Sarajevo
in September 2008 face up to threats on their lives with dignity and courage. The festival coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and the «city of tolerance and multiculture“ terms it a „faggot's provocation“ and its organizers are called „imported scum activists“. The government, subtly and verbally, and the hooligans and wahhabis, brutally and physically, stand on the same side – against the festival. The police is somewhere in between. QSF opens, leaving a dozen people injured. Although it did not continue, it remains open, questioning the very nature of democracy in BiH.



Ćazim Dervišević grew up in Croatia and Serbia, finishing high school at the beginning of the war. He joined the army, got wounded, demobilised, and worked as a radio journalist with the UN. He started making films on his own, and has worked on documentary, TV programmes and short fictions as director, cameraman or editor.

Masa Hilcisin has been involved in many cultural and media projects in the region of former Yugoslavia. Her professional interests are linked to cultural and human rights activism. She is currently studying Film and Art History. This is her second documentary.