War without end

Lines of small white obelisks marking the graves of those lost in the Srebrenica massacreAsk anyone who has touched and felt the ravages of war, and they’ll tell you that it never leaves them. War takes part of the soul and holds it hostage for the rest of their lives. In Srebrenica, in the former Yugoslavia, many mothers live surrounded by reminders of their losses during the Bosnian War of the mid-1990s.

Last summer a group of JMU students visited Srebrenica, invited along with SMAD Professor Shaun Wright to join the annual pilgrimage to the killing fields of Bosnia. The group learned first hand of the lingering pain and devastation of war, particularly of what has been called the Srebrenica Genocide.

With cameras and compassion, the JMU students observed, listened and filmed. They returned to JMU with a mission — to tell the story.  They get that chance when they premiere two films based on their trip on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 in 2015 Harrison Hall. Here’s the trailer: https://vimeo.com/50856542

What the students learned changed them. They have touched a war without end, albeit from a safer distance of time and memory — but they have touched it nonetheless.

You can too. But be forewarned: What you see may change you.

For more information about the premiere, go to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/351902724899637/

Read more about the trip and the films in Tyler McAvoy’s (’13) story on the JMU web.

To learn more about the lingering aftermath of the Srebrenica Genocide, go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/11/srebrenica-massacre-victims-laid-rest

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