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Much Ado in Mostar

Synopsis
Documentary. Bosnia-Herzegovina is divided ethnically and religiously; Muslims live on the east side, Catholics on the west side. The US-led Dayton Peace Accord brought peace to Bosnia in 1995, but is no longer a suitable framework for their government. The residents in the city of Mostar are fearful of another war. Led by Andrew Garrod, a Dartmouth College professor, a mix of young people from both sides of the city, put their differences aside and come together to perform Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The film follows them from 5 weeks of rehearsal to a tour of the production with performances in Croatia, Montenegro, Republika Srpska and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The show is staged in a bombed out public library as a reminder of the long-standing and violent conflicts between ethnic groups in the former Yugoslavia. The event was covered by local TV and radio stations.
Language
Croatian
Country
Bosnia-Herzegovina; United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2010
Duration
82 mins
Availability
No distributor found (9/2010)

Credits

Director
Steve Nemsick
Producer
Jane Applegate; Steve Nemsick
Writer
Steve Nemsick
Contributor
Andrew Garrod

Additional Details

Theatre company
Youth Bridge Global
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Keywords
politics; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals; Multiculturalism; Youth Theatre

Notes

Notes
60% dialogue is spoken in Serbo-Croat; the Shakespearean verse is spoken in English.
History
Premiered September 19 2010 at the Napa Sonoma Wine Country Festival

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