1395 Days Without Red

a film by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala

In collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers

“1395 Days Without Red” was conceived, developed and filmed as a collaborative film project by Sejla Kameric and Anri Sala.

The project has given life to two different film.

© Anri Sala, Sejla Kameric, Artangel and SCCA/pro.ba 2011

Synopsis

“The first time I ran from Point A to Point

B, the fear was unspeakable indeed. Pain

in your stomach, as if a big steel ball is

grinding your bowels. Blood throbbing in

your neck veins. Wet heat inside your eyeballs.

Numbness of your limbs, increasing

as you’re running.” *

Reliving emotions; emotions experienced by others at another time, in another place and now relived in the exact place where the incidents that provoked the emotions actually happened. The Siege of Sarajevo lasted one thousand three hundred and ninety five days, between 1992 and 1996. During the siege, thousands of citizens had to run the gauntlet of Snipers’ Alley every day: to go to work, buy food, visit friends, relatives and lovers, keep on living.

The film follows a woman as she makes her way through this route. The city is the city of today. The time of the film is, at one and the same time, the present and the past. At every intersection, she feels exposed to what were once the sight lines of the snipers up in the hills. Running could be as dangerous as walking. Too fast could be as hopeless as too slow.

She stops, hesitates, and runs. She waits, she calculates, she runs and ducks down. Each intersection is a new calculation. She hides behind invisible shelters. She straightens up when she feels she is safe. The geography of the city delineates a topography of exposure and protection, relief and fear.

The rhythm of the film evolves slower or faster following the pace of her walk. Another tempo emerges: a music playing in her head. A mismatch between the pace of her movements and the tempo of the music occurs…

The woman who runs and stops and runs and stops is reliving the experience of others in the place where the trauma occurred. It is her individual journey in their collective past. Whatever has happened beforehand is happening again, now.

“One is not advised to wear strong colours.

Avoid red at all costs. The sniper

is like a bull. Motley colors are also a

bad choice. The sniper is a fool by definition

and every fool loves motley colors.

Wear grey, brown, burgundy.” *

Director’s Biography:

Šejla Kamerić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1976. In 1999 she completed studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Department of Graphic Design. Lives and works in Sarajevo and Berlin. Šejla Kamerić uses mainly photography and video as media juxtaposing an explicit social context with intimate perspectives. Her film ‘What Do I Know’ (co-directed by Timur Makarević) was screend and awarded at the 5th Zagreb Film Festival.Šejla Kamerić je rođena u Sarajevu 1976. Godine 1999. diplomirala je na Akademiji lijepih umjetnosti u Sarajevu, smjer grafički dizajn. Živi i radi u Sarajevu i Berlinu. Šejla Kamerić uglavnom se koristi fotografijom i videom stavljajući eksplicitni društveni kontekst nasuprot intimističkim vizurama. Njezin film ‘Šta ja znam’ (koji je režirala zajedno s Timurom Makarevićem) prikazan je i nagrađen na 5. Zagreb Film Festivalu.

Anri Sala was born in 1974 in Tirana, Albania. He studied art at the Albanian Academy of Arts from 1992 to 1996. He also studied video at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and film direction in Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Crew:

Written and Directed by: Šejla Kamerić, Anri Sala

DOP: Patrick Ghiringhelli

Coproducers: Amra Bakšić Čamo, Jovan Marjanović

Producer: James Lingwood

Produced by: Artangel, London

Coproduced by: SCCA/pro.ba, Sarajevo