(72 min) Austria/Kosovo/Serbia/Norway
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Saturday, 10/20, 3:00pm (Session VI)

Director: Jon Haukeland
Producer: C.R. Tredt 


The film is an emotional search into the mechanism of oppression.  Based upon a documentary film from 1999, called Before the Bombs Fell. In 1999 Serbian military forces and Albanian guerrillas were fighting in Kosovo. Serbs and Albanians lived separate lives. But when their country was on the brink of war, a group of students from Pristina and Belgrade decided to meet for the first time. Two weeks after the meeting NATO bombed and they all lost track of each other. Ten years later the participants meet again. The conflicts between them are now even stronger. Both groups have separate opinions of what really happened. When they watch the film of their last meeting in1999 they are confronted with their previous selves, but it also becomes obvious that the conflict is still, in many ways, the same. Only now have the tables turned. Through a long night of talking, they grow closer to each other when they decide to find a way out of the circle of oppression. 


Jon Haukeland (born in 1973) is a writer, dramaturge and director. He is educated in history at the University of Oslo and at the Tish School of the Arts, University of New York. He started working as a journalist for the Norwegian broadcasting NRK in 1995, where he hosted a youth documentary show. In 1997 he joined the production company Medieoperatørene. He is today one of the owners, and directs documentary and fiction. In 2004 Jon received the Norwegian government’s Human Rights Prize for the documentary film The Man Who Loved Haugesund. 

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