In order to contribute to peace-building in Bosnia and Herzegovina, EDVACAY fellows Nejra Lilić, Melisa H. Mehmedović, and Minja Čulić want to address the issue of cultural heritage and its role in post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They aim to address the question: Do buildings which were demolished during the war and re-built post-war, such as the Ferhat Pasha Mosque in Banja Luka, the Old Bridge in Mostar, and the City Hall in Sarajevo, 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 to what extent they contribute to a more harmonious relationship. The team will interview young people from Banja Luka, Mostar, and Sarajevo about their views, observations, opinions, and actions regarding the cultural heritage sites and monuments. Each interview will be recorded on video. In addition to the short documentary, the 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, education about cultural heritage, and raising awareness of ethnic divisions and social constructs that come from these sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Watch ‘Izronit’ će Stari’ Trailer
Snapshots from the Interviews