Filmmaker: Mohamed Kenawi
In July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces killed an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys –all of them sons, husbands and brothers – in the small town of Srebrenica.
The Srebrenica massacre was a particularly inhumane and brutal act during the bloodshed and tragedy of the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995.
Eradicating a person’s culture or religion is equal to killing them. And that is exactly what happened here. The attempt to eradicate every trace of our religion – in this case, Islam.
This film follows four women who lost fathers, brothers and sons in the massacre, as they look to the future despite the pain of their loss and the angst of trying to make sense of the past.
“When they took away my children in 1995, they also killed me. This is no life. I walk about like a zombie. I’m alive, but not really,” says Hatidza Mehmedovic of the Mothers of Srebrenica Association.
“I had my family and after just one day I was left without them. Every morning I ask myself why. For what reason? But there is no answer. My children’s only guilt was the names they had. … They killed all I had, except for my pride.”
Women Who Refuse to Die is about women who survived the horror, only to find themselves facing the anguish of having lost loved ones - and trying to find ways to continue, one day at a time.
This film was updated in June 2015 to include the following: In June 2010 five Bosnian Serb officials were found guilty of war crimes in the UN Yugoslav tribunal for the massacre that took place in Srebrenica in July 1995.The men appealed but in January 2015 their convictions were upheld.
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Source: Al Jazeera