In order to contribute to peace-building in Bosnia and Herzegovina which is the driving motive of this project, the issue EDVACAY fellows Nejra Lilić, Melisa H. Mehmedović and Minja Čulić want to address is the issue of cultural heritage and its role in post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They aim to address the question if the buildings such as the Ferhat Pasha Mosque in Banja Luka, the Old Bridge in Mostar and the City Hall in Sarajevo, which were demolished during the war and re-built post-war, contribute to the continuous and future inter-ethnic discord or is it the other way around. They plan to examine what young people in BiH think about these cultural heritage sites and how much do they contribute to a more harmonious relationship. They will interview young people from Banja Luka, Mostar and Sarajevo about their views, observations, opinions and actions regarding the aforementioned cultural heritage sites and monuments. The course of each interview will be documented in video format. In addition to the short documentary team will initiate and organize several online discussions/reflections on the subject and invite more young people to participate. The project will involve a large number of young people from different ethnic groups.
‘Izronit’ će Stari’ (The Old Bridge will Emerge) will contribute to peace-building in Bosnia and Herzegovina, education about cultural heritage in BiH and to raising awareness of ethnic divisions and social constructs that come from these sites.