Truth and Memory

On January 14, 2011, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the dictator who had ruled over Tunisia since 1987, was ousted from office by popular demonstrations led by young people eager to assert their political and economic rights. Five years later, Tunisia is the only country to emerge from the Arab Spring by transitioning to democracy, but waning political support and a restrictive climate fueled by fears of terrorism have endangered efforts to address its history of human rights abuses.

Twenty years after the end of the war, the legacy of atrocities committed during the conflict continues to shape Bosnia’s present and the future. The long form multimedia piece “Flowers in the Square” depicts the struggle of citizens of Prijedor, a community devastated by violence in 1992, to overcome this legacy and the continued denial perpetrated by the political establishment in the ongoing war for the truth about the past.

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