March 25, 2009, 6:30 p.m., Fordham University (Rose Hill), Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library
Join Pulitzer Center Associate Director Nathalie Applewhite for a screening of her film Picture Me an Enemy, followed by a Q & A discussion.
The film won Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Festival of Independents and was nominated for a regional Emmy award.
The event is sponsored by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
1991, war broke out in the former Yugoslavia. The ensuing conflicts left up to a quarter of a million people dead or missing in the region. And despite wide international attention, understanding of these conflicts is still vague and detached. Told through the intimate stories of Natasa, a Serbo-Croat from Croatia, and Tahija, a Bosniak (a Bosnian Muslim), picture me an enemy puts a human face on these distant conflicts.
Although pictured to one another, and to the world, as longtime enemies, Natasa and Tahija speak a common truth about how those in power used religion, ethnicity and nationality to construct the "enemy" during the conflicts. It is a moving portrait of two young women who reach beyond their national identities to address universal questions of conflict, peace and forgiveness with sensitivity and unexpected humor.
At its core, this is a story of two women who have the same fears, hopes and dreams as women anywhere. Picture Me an Enemy shows Tahija and Natasa reaching beyond their national identities to address universal questions of conflict, peace and forgiveness.