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Friday, May 18, 2012

6 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

A Correspondent Reflects on Serbia 1963 - 1990 

David Binder

Former New York Times Journalist

David Binder was a member of the Washington Bureau of The New York Times from June 1973 until his retirement in 1996. He continues to work, specializing in coverage of Central and Eastern European affairs, while also reporting on events involving United States foreign policy. His assignments for The New York Times were: East Europe correspondent (based in Belgrade) from 1963 to 1967 and as Germany correspondent from 1967 to 1973. Earlier he worked in Washington as a diplomatic correspondent and in Berlin covering the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961. In 1989 and 1990 he reported on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communist systems in East Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and Yugoslavia. He reported on the civil wars in Croatia, Bosnia, and on the Kosovo conflict. He has also lectured and published articles in various European countries and in the United States. He is the author of Berlin East and West (1962) and The Other German: The Life and Times of Willy Brandt (1976), and a co-author of New York Times books on Project Apollo, the fall of Communism and Scientists at Work.

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The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF™) has announced a roster of 16 short, feature and documentary films for its ninth annual event, which will take place May 3-5, 2012 at Tribeca Cinemas, one of New York City's highly regarded film institutions. The program was compiled among more than 30 films received from Austria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United States.
"It's been 20 years since the aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina disrupted so many innocent lives. More than 100,000 children, women, men and older people died and more than 2 million people were forced to leave their homes. Two decades later, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York continues to tell the story of Bosnia and Herzegovina and celebrate the achievments of its emerging and award-winning filmmakers," said Amra Turalic, spokesperson for BHFF. "It is a rich and powerful body of work and we are extremely honored to showcase it. "
The selection of films that will be featured at BHFF includes the world premieres of "Gold Diggers," "Framed," "Searching for the Devil" and "If I Don't"; U.S. premieres of "A Short Story,""85 Seconds," "Short for Vernesa B.," "The West in the East,""The Neverending Story," and New York premiere of "The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar."
The Ninth Annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival will also screen feature films "Jasmina," "Circus Columbia," "In the Land of Blood and Honey," as well as documentaries "A Cell Phone Movie," "The Witness" and "I came to Testify."
Reflecting the diversity of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian experience, the films explore various themes: return to nature; miners trapped underground; the filmmaking potential of cell-phone camera; typecasting of a Bosnian actress; mysterious prophecies; the magical frame; the hunt for the devil; fashion; adoption; children in the war; return from the exile; the siege of Sarajevo; violence against women and search for justice. Filmmaker Q&A after select screenings will help provide more context.
Three prestigious awards will be given to the most outstanding films screened at this year's BHFF. These films will be selected by the official BHFF 2012 Jury, an expert panel of judges comprising award-winning filmmakers Refik Hodzic and Steve Nemsick, as well as an accomplished Bosnian-American fiction writer, Aleksandar Hemon.
BHFF 2012 jury will honor the most outstanding films with BHFF™ 2012 Jury Award for the Best Documentary Film, BHFF™ 2012 Jury Award for Best Short or Animated Film and BHFF™ 2012 Jury Award for the Best Feature Film.
Additionally, the BHFF™ 2012 Audience Award for Best Picture will be presented to a film in any category deemed outstanding by an audience vote.
Films eligible for the Jury Awards and Audience Award in 2012 are those screened at this year's BHFF produced during 2012, 2011 or 2010, with the exception of "I came to testify," which will not be eligible for the Jury Award.
All winning films will be presented with "The Golden Apple" awards at the awards ceremony following the film festival conclusion on Saturday, May 5, starting at 10 p.m..
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival 2012 Jury
Refik Hodzic has worked as a journalist, filmmaker and communications specialist in the field of transitional justice. Currently, he serves as the director of communications for the International Center for Transitional Justice. Hodzic worked in various capacities at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. He also headed the public information and outreach section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2004, Hodzic co-founded XY Films, an independent film and television production company producing documentary films dealing with the legacy of war crimes committed during the 1990s. His work includes "Statement 710399" and "Justice Unseen," award-winning documentaries.
Steve Nemsick is an award-winning filmmaker with more than a decade of experience making documentaries and editing television shows. His "Pray For Me, The Jason Jessee Film," won numerous awards, including Best Emerging Filmmaker at X-Dance. In 2011, Nemsick's "Much Ado In Mostar" won Best Documentary audience award at the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival. A wide variety of projects has led to Steve filming from the back of a chopper in Tokyo at 125 miles per hour, to a community that lives in a Mexican garbage dump, to a white power BBQ in Australia. Nemsick is currently making a series of short films about quintessential New Yorkers.
Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian-American fiction writer who has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a "Genius Grant" from the MacArthur Foundation. He is the editor of several Best European Fiction anthologies (Dalkey Archives) and the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, and Love and Obstacles. Hemon's collection of auto-biographical essays, The Book of My Lives, is forthcoming in the fall of 2012.
About the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival
The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is an annual event, which features award-winning films by emerging Bosnian-Herzegovinian filmmakers or films that have Bosnia-Herzegovina as their theme. Since its founding in 2003, BHFF has gained a reputation as an important showcase.  This unique cultural event organized by two New York area-based not-for-profit organizations, Voice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Inc. and Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, provides a platform for the exposure of up-and-coming and internationally-renowned filmmakers, thus contributing to a greater understanding of this country, its diverse culture and complex history. To date, BHFF has screened close to 100 feature length, short, documentary and animated films viewed by several thousand people. Tickets for each block are $14. Starting on April 26, tickets can be purchased at the box office immediately before each screening on a first-come, first-serve basis or on the BHFF website until May 3, 2012 at 4 p.m. for May 3 screening and 3 p.m. on May 4 for May 4 and 5th screening. All films have English subtitles. For more information, please visit
The Voice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and raising awareness of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian culture in the Tri-State area and beyond.  The Voice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Inc. broadcasts a weekly radio program in Bosnian language and organizes events for the Bosnian-Herzegovinian community.  For more information, visit

The Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a not-for-profit cultural and advocacy organization, which serves as a platform for various cultural, arts, and professional exchange programs led by its members that are intended to benefit the Bosnians and Herzegovinians in New York City and United States. For more information, visit
Tribeca Cinemas is the downtown's home for film premieres, gala receptions, intimate gatherings, live events and more.  Tribeca Cinemas is the home of the Tribeca Film Festival and a year-round venue available for a multitude of private events. For more information, visit  


Celebrating 2012 International Year of Janusz Korczak

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland is honored to invite you to a seminar on

Janusz Korczak and Children's Rights in Contemporary Perspective

Consulate General of Poland
in New York
233 Madison Avenue
(Jan Karski Corner)
New York, NY 10016

Tuesday May 8, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT


9.30 - 9.40 am - Welcoming remarks by Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York
9.40 - 10.00 - Opening remarks by Ambassador Witold Sobków, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the UN
10.00 - 11.30 -Panel Discussion - Part I: Janusz Korczak - a predecessor of Children's Human Rights. Contribution of Poland to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Moderator - Natalia Aleksiun PhD, History Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences

* Thomas Hammarberg - "Honorary Patron of the Janusz Korczak Year", former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
* Amb. Witold Sobków - Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the UN
* Mariola Strahlberg - founder of the Shining Mountain Center for Peaceful Childhood, Inc. and the Chair of the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA
* Olga Medvedeva-Nathoo, Ph.D. -the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada
* Natalia Aleksiun, Ph.D., History Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences

11.30- 12.00 - Q&A session

12.00-12.15 - refreshments

12.15-1.45 -Panel Discussion - Part II: Basic education and gender equality.

* Changu Mannathoko, Ph.D. - UNICEF Senior. Education Advisor
* Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky - film makers, authors of the document What does it take to educate a girl?

1.45- 2.15 - Q&A session

2.15- 3.00 - refreshments

3.00 - 4. 30 -Panel Discussion - Part III: Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse.

* Marek Michalak, Ombudsman for Children Rights, Poland
* Jo Becker - Children's Rights Advocacy Director,Human Rights Watch
* Yvonne Rafferty, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, NY/NGO Representative to the UN
* Raquel Evita Saraswati - Muslim American activist and writer

4. 30. -5. 00 - Q&A session

5.00-5:15 - Closing remarks

5.15- 6.00 - Reception

Register Now!

In case of any questions, please, contact us at:
Public Affairs Section - Polish Consulate
Consulate General of Poland in New York


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