FILM REVIEW: Grbavica: Land of My dreams (2006)

As my goal to get to know as many countries in the world as possible through movies, I decided to watch Grbavica: Land of My Dreams, a movie from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Bosnian War.

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Grbavica: Land of My Dreams
I wish I have watched this film before traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina last year. It made me better understand the aftermath of the Bosnian War and how it affected the post-war society in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite having seen a couple of documentaries about the children born during the war, the character of Sara was able to portray it very well — from her relationship with her mother to her behavior at school. It was also able to make me feel the heavy emotions during the group meetings/therapy sessions of the women victims. It clearly shows that even these women have experienced something similar, they have different ways of dealing and processing the traumas they experienced from the war. As a non-European who is interested in the history and culture of the Balkan states, this movie was definitely a must-see.

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