In Aida’s Eyes (Film Thoughts: Quo Vadis, Aida?)

‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ is one of the most harrowing films of late, a sort of ‘Sophie’s Choice; kind of movie. It is set during the 1995 Serbian/Bosnian war, which, to be honest, I did not really follow then. But looking back, you think, how could something like this happen? This film captures a lot of what happened during that time, as seen through the eyes of Aida (Jasna Djuricic) who was an interpreter for the United Nations at the time.

We see the story start when the Serbians took over the town of Srebenica, sending its thousands of residents to the safe haven of United Nations base. Things escalate from there, culminating in the killing of thousands of men and boys. We see the drama go from bad to worse, as Aida attempts to rescue her family. Djuricic is terrific – strong and vulnerable, a fighter when she is not heartbroken. I wish she had gotten more recognition for her. This is the kind of film that everyone should see, so people can see the horrors of what war could do. This film is the face of humanity. If I had a vote, this would be, in my opinion, this year’s Best Foreign Film.

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