I agreed to be a participant in this documentary my only hope was
to tell a story that is bigger than my own experience. A story that
would have a message that reaches primarily those who were fortunate
enough never to have experienced conflict. And therefore, should
realize the power and advantage they have of preventing it from
ever happening. I am hoping it reaches those that will recognize
intolerance when it peaks its ugly head and preclude it from ever
our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there."
The whole process of working on this documentary emulated this
field that Rumi spoke about. During the filming I freed most of
my imprisoned memories and emotions and let them be recorded.
All of this was done with the hope that this film gives a voice
not just to me as an individual, but also to other Bosnians, Muslims,
youth and women. Most of all I hope that anyone who sees this
film understands the absurdity of war and conflict and at the
same time perceives the intensity of human suffering caused by
"When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other'
doesn't make sense any more."
process of making this documentary has been a long and challenging
experience. We set out to put a human face on a situation that
was in most people's mind's just a distant conflict that had little
to do with their daily lives. How many times did people ask us
"but why do this now, isn't it outdated?" Yet, what we hoped to
present was a timeless and universal story that relates to each
and every one of us. We hoped to make people aware of the common
threads that tie all conflicts to one another, so that we could
all be more aware of the danger of creating a faceless enemy,
at home and abroad. In our post September 11th reality, with the
US launching a "war on terror" and with prejudice and hate crimes
against Muslims and Arabs still on the rise, the documentary has
become more timely than we could have ever imagined.
None of this would have happened had we not been blessed with
the participation of two young women who opened their homes and
hearts to us with a degree of trust that no maker could ever expect.
And as much as we may be seen as the "creators" of this documentary,
there is no question that Tahija and Natasa and their beautiful
wisdom, are what shaped "Picture Me an Enemy" into the documentary
it is today.
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