Roberta Biagiarelli by Carles Castro | La Vanguardia | 9jun02

Photo of Roberta Biagiarelli by Carles Castro, La Vanguardia

A come Srebrenica

(A for Srebrenica)

A come Srebrenica (A for Srebrenica, 2001) is a critically acclaimed documentary theater work devised by Italian actor and playwright Roberta Biagiarelli, in collaboration with director Simona Gonella and historian Giovanna Giovannozzi. The performance, based on interviews with survivors and family members, examines the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.

This screening marks the work’s US premiere and will be shown in the original Italian, with English subtitles. Shoutouts and deep thanks to Roberta Biagiarelli and Simona Gonella of Babelia; Jeff Pearson at U-M’s Askwith Media Center; and Racele Willard, Laura Brubacher, Jonathan Jones and team at U-M’s Language Resource Center. More information about the performance as well as articles about the Srebrenica massacre, below.

Please note that what we’ll be watching is a video of a live performance, the rhythm of which may be challenging for viewers accustomed to tightly edited movies.

A come Srebrenica (A for Srebrenica; 80 min)
by Gionanna Giovannozzi, Roberta Biagiarelli, and Simona Gonella

Performance: Roberta Biagiarelli
Direction: Simona Gonella
Consultant: Luca Rastello

Production: Babelia

University of Michigan Benzinger Library, Residential College
1423 East Quad (701 East University, A2 MI 48109)
Public entrance off of East University, door closest to Willard

Please note that this work contains descriptions of violence, murder, and genocide during the Bosnian War and the Srebrenica massacre.

This free screening forms part of the interdisciplinary course and film series Personal, Present and Immediate*: Making Performance on Socio-Political Questions. Post-screening discussions of each work will be moderated by Artist in Residence and Visiting Professor Eryn Rosenthal.

Co-sponsored by the EXCEL Lab (Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment and Leadership) of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

* “Personal, present and immediate”: From Murray v. Maryland (1935), one of the precedents to the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education (1954).

Sitges Welcomes Powerful Monologue about the Atrocities Committed in Srebrenica, by Joan-Anton Benach (review, in Spanish), La Vanguardia, 9 June 2002:
Srebrenica: The Days of Slaughter, by Stephen Engelberg and Tim Weiner, with further reporting by Raymond Bonner in Bosnia and Jane Perlez in Serbia (news article), NYTimes, 29 Oct 1995:
20 Years Since the Srebrenica Massacre, by Alan Taylor (photo essay about the massacre), The Atlantic, 9 July 2015:
More about Souvenir Srebrenica, the related documentary by Biagiarelli and Luca Rosini (short essay by Roberta Biagiarelli, in English translation):
A come Srebrenica | 2018 | Personal, Present and Immediate Film Series