In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving, but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who we find carries a mysterious connection to him.
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Nancy Abdel Sakhi,
Post traumatic life of the Bosnian Muslim widows and daughters after their husbands and fathers were murdered by Bosnian Serb Army. Plot is set in post war eastern Bosnian village near town of Zvornik.
After the end of the war in Bosnia, Halima, a good-natured peasant woman from a remote Muslim village in Western Bosnia, searches for the remains of her husband and her teenage son, who were taken by Serbian paramilitary forces and executed. Using DNA analysis, the UN Committee for Missing Persons manages to identify the remains of her husband in one of the mass graves, but the Committee still can't identify the remains of her son, since Halima refuses to give a blood sample for DNA testing. There is something that the Committee doesn't know, something that Halima is hiding from others: her beloved son wasn't actually her biological son. The story takes us back two decades ago, during the period of Yugoslavia, where we learn how Halima and her husband became adoptive parents, after fruitless efforts to have a child on their own. Along with that story, we follow Halima's path nowadays while she is searching for the biological mother of her son, the only person who can give a blood ... Written by
Halima's Path tackles the subject of the Balkan War, venturing much further than a simple retelling of events. Set in Bosnia, the story unfolds through the masterful use of flashback. Beginning in pre-conflict, multi-ethnic Yugoslavia the film culminates in present-day Bosnia with the tragic repercussions of the war. Halima's seemingly straightforward quest to have the remains of her husband and son identified from those found in a mass grave exposes a richly woven tapestry of events--a tapestry which reveals the very human side of war.
The film is brilliantly directed by Arsen A. Ostojic, with excellent performances delivered by a stellar cast. Particularly powerful are Alma Prica in the role of Halima and Olga Pakalovic as Safija. The evocative score adds to the authenticity of the film.
Halima's Path offers a novel look into the personal tragedy of war. This supremely moving film delivers a true emotional punch--be prepared to shed more than a few tears. A true masterpiece.
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