Quo Vadis, Aida?

Aplomb Multilingual Cinema Corner

Director: Jasmila Zbanic

Genre: Drama

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Language: Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian

Release: 2021

Awards: 37 wins and 43 nominations

A harrowing account of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica. Aida is a local teacher working for the UN as an interpreter. Her pass can open many doors but is it going to be enough to save her husband and two sons? The historical backdrop is important but it is the personal drama which is the main strength of this movie. The very first scene will be especially interesting for our professional interpreters:

Colonel Thom Karremans says they are doing everything they can and speaks about serious consequences for the Serbian Republic and international guarantees; Aida interprets, the local representatives have many questions. In the end Karremans states: “I’m just a piano player”. Aida hesitates for the first time, not because she doesn’t understand, but because she doesn’t know how to look her people in the eyes and explain the total indifference.

Recommended by Aplomb!

Watched by Karolina on 25 April 2022