This visually superb, poetic, and thought-provoking documentary examines the cross points between tourism and ideology in four post-war Bosnia and Herzegovinian towns. This film by Sarajevo born director who now lives in Canada, was screened at Berlinale 2019.
Present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country still affected by the civil war in the early 90s. The Bosnian economy never recovered, and the country remains divided. In order to cope, many towns have transformed themselves into unique tourist destinations that bring together history, religion, politics and folklore. The tourist sites promoted are not only a reflection of peopleʼs attempts to make a livelihood, but are also a means to promote and establish contradicting versions about the countryʼs past, present and future. ‘’The Stone Speakers’’ explores the cities of Medjugorje, Tuzla, Visoko and Visegrad through their tourism, slowly unravelling these competing narratives.
- Igor Drljaca
- Canada, Bosnië en Herzegovina