Film Discussion: “Quo Vadis, Aida?” (“Where are you going, Aida?”)

2021 Oscar nominee for Best International Feature Film, “Quo Vadis, Aida?,” recounts and dramatizes the legacy of one of the worst mass murders in European history since the Holocaust: the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. More than 8,000 Bosniak Muslims were murdered by the Bosnian Serb Army of Republika Srpska. Through the eyes of Aida Selmanagic, a translator working at a United Nations base just outside Srebrenica, the film shines a brutally intense light on the toll that suffering, terror, and fighting in Bosnia takes on humanity. Ida Sefer, President of the Bosnian-American Genocide Institute and Education Center (BAGI), moderated a discussion centered around several key themes of the film: the international failure that was depicted in the film, efforts at historical revisionism that whitewash or minimize the role of various actors, ongoing genocide in the country, and acknowledging courage and resolve of the survivors, among other topics. Panelists included Emir Suljagić, Director of the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial; Dr. David Pettigrew, Professor of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University; Nihad Brankovic, Government Relations Coordinator, Western Balkans Program, International Commission on Missing Persons; and Hasan Hasanović, Srebrenica genocide survivor, curator, and interpreter at the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Center.