The second part of this Festival day was reserved for the courageous and stunning “Kinofil” by Damir Janecek from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who honored the Festival with his presence along with his adorable dog. Dogs precisely were the center of his film, which is a story about the harassment of the stray dogs in Bosnia, and the ignorance and brutality of the human system towards the weaker ones. The shocking scenes of the film have raised many questions among the public, which started a discussion about it along with the director, after the film was over. “It is unbelievable how people who have suffered so much and have gone through the horrors of war, can be so cruel and inhumane towards any form of life”- as the director has stated. He further explained the background of the whole situation, the sacrifice of the people who were helping the dogs and fighting for end of the harassment, the threats that these people were getting and the whole network of people and institutions behind that. Even though at the spur of things this situation appears hopeless, the strength of this film opens new horizons for changes to start occurring in people’s minds.
The evening started with a Macedonian documentary called “Tobacco girl” by Biljana Garvanlieva about the crossroad in a young girl’s life, between society’s (family’s) expectations and her own dreams and goals.
After this, the public was amazed by the story about the cruel destiny of the children in a Bosnian orphanage “Abandoned” by Adis Bakrac. The present guests were touched by the decisiveness of the main character, the 13-year old Alen who took his destiny in his hands and lasted until the end, in his determination to find his biological parents. The screening of this film was also attended by one of the film producers.
This Festival day ended with the Bulgarian “Eastern Plays” by Kamen Kalev. On the projection of the movie was present Ms. Irina Bokova, General Director of UNESCO.