During March, April, and May 2015, the IES Abroad-produced documentary, Stolica (2013), is being screened in several theaters in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, thanks to Lo Scrittoio, a not-for-profit film distribution and cultural association based in Milan. It will also be shown in Florence and in Rome.
Stolica, (meaning “chair” in Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian) records the stories of women and men, old and young, who lived on different sides through the 1992-1995 war in Yugoslavia. It was directed by Elisabetta Lodoli, (who teaches Film Studies at IES Abroad Rome) and was written and produced by Dr. Octavio di Leo, Center Director of IES Abroad Rio de Janeiro. Both are jurors in our annual Study Abroad Film Festival.
When discussing how the film was created, Dr. di Leo explains, “Stolica was produced during an IES Abroad faculty seminar on Conflict Transformation that I organized in 2013 in Rome and Bosnia. After the war (1992-1995), people in Bosnia had grown weary of foreign journalists and academics benefiting from their stories without giving anything back. So the film was meant to be a return to the community and contribute to the painful dialogue in a divided country.”
Upcoming screenings of the film throughout Emilia-Romagna include:
- April 12 - Bobbio (PC), Le Grazie
- Aprl 27 - Forlì, Multisala Saffi D’essai
- May 19 - Fiorienzuaola d’Arda (PC), Capitol
- May 21 – Rimini, Tiberio
- May 29 – Bologna, Sala Cà bura
- April 15 – Il Kino, Via Perugia 34
- May 5 – Istituto Stensen, Viale Don Giovanni Minzoni 25
You can view the trailer here.