In the Land of Wartime Rape: Bosnia, Art and Reparation

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Simic, Olivera
Volcic, Zala
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This paper focuses on one space of mass rape during the Bosnian war: The Vilina Vlas Hotel in Viꥧrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina. By analysing Jasmila nic's film, For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, the potential of cinema to address ethno-nationalistic tensions and contribute to the pursuit of justice is considered. In post-war BiH, dealing with past war crimes is a delicate and contentious process, and many scholars are critical of the International Criminal Tribunal's approach to the challenges of rape as a war crime. This paper considers whether cinema contributes to the truth-seeking aspect of this process. It is argued that nic uses her film as a strategy for resistance, intervention, and justice, while promoting symbolic reparation.

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Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity

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