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"Sarajevo Roses: A Cinematic Essay" Theatrical Premiere

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Naro Expanded Cinema

1507 Colley Avenue

Norfolk, VA 23517

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"What happened in Sarajevo...it can happen in the middle of Paris. In Rome. It's possible."-Vedran Smailovic, The Cellist of Sarajevo

Join us at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2017 at the Naro Expanded Cinema for the theatrical premiere of Sarajevo Roses: A Cinematic Essay, the latest film by Norfolk filmmaker and photojournalist Roger M. Richards. There will be a Q&A after the screening with the director and members of the production team. This event will also be a benefit for Hope House Foundation, providing housing assistance and support for those with special needs in our community.

What happens when a modern society implodes?

Imagine waking up to find society collapsed: stores shuttered, electricity and water shut off, no food or medicine, neighbors become enemies and fighting in the streets.

This is what happened in the 1984 Winter Olympic city of Sarajevo, only 8 years after hosting one of the most successful games in history.

Produced over a span of twenty-four years, from the war's first shots in 1992 to the present day, Sarajevo Roses is a cinematic essay told through 5 citizens who survived death and unimaginable horror and have struggled since to rebuild their city and their lives. The air strikes that freed the city from the siege in September 1995 was the first sustained air campaign military in NATO's history.


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