Pretty Willage film Kemala Pervanica o stradanjima u Kevljanima kod Prijedora

Feb 17, 2014

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‘Pretty Village’ is a story of extreme human suffering and endurance in the face of that suffering. It is a story of a shattering tragedy in which Serb neighbours perpetrated an atrocity against their Muslim neighbours, seemingly beyond repair. It is most of all a story of human resistance in the face of denial by the perpetrators of those crimes.

Kemal Pervanic


In the spring of 1991 Kevljani village was indistinguishable from the scores of other villages in the north-west of Bosnia. It was a place dominated by young energeti
My mixed school class of Serbs and Muslims. We all look the same.c people who had so many dreams about the future: to experience new loves, for girls and boys to meet, to visit far and strange places, and then to establish a family and settle down, grow old and die gracefully in old age. For most Kevljani residents this is where life began and this is where it ended.

My mixed school class of Serbs and Muslims. We all look the same.

Fast forward twelve months and their future no longer exists. The violent attack unleashed by the Bosnian Serb nationalist forces marked the end of time. There was wholesale destruction of the community which had been thriving for several hundred years. Homes were destroyed, lives were shattered and former Kevljani inhabitants were no longer in charge of their own lives. Their lives now belonged to their Serb neighbours who placed them and controlled them in several locally formed concentration camps.

White House, notorious torture chamber, Omarska camp.
White House, notorious torture chamber, Omarska camp.

Survivors of this carnage were forced into exile. The only baggage they were allowed to carry with them were their traumas and their pre-war memories. They yearned to go back home.

My destroyed home 2002.
My destroyed home 2002.

Those who eventually returned came face-to-face with mass graves hiding their loved ones. They encountered discrimination from those who persecuted them in 1992. They came up against denial of their suffering. It was as if they had no history or memory.

Kevljani, site of the third largest mass grave in Bosnia. Many of those killed in White House were dumped here.
Kevljani, site of the third largest mass grave in Bosnia. Many of those killed in White House were dumped here.

This film charts their journey from the happy days of yesteryear to their current daily struggle in the world which refuses to give them their past back in the form of more than 1000 people missing and a memorial on the site of the massacres executed at the Omarska camp, now owned by Arcelor Mittal, the sponsors of The London Orbit. The perpetrators want to be forgiven, yet remarkably they seek forgiveness for the crimes they continue to deny.


Kemal Pervanic/Producer

Kemal is a filmmaker, writer, activist, founder of an NGO Most Mira ( He comes from Kevljani village depicted by ‘Pretty Village’. Having previously been the subject of BBC TV programmes, this time Kemal wanted to make a film about his own community as someone with personal knowledge of events and people portrayed by the film. He is also the film’s storyteller.

David J Evans/Director/Co-Producer

David is a freelance writer and director in film, television and theatre. BAFTA winner for feature film Daddy’s Girl, director on award winning series Y Pris, BBC series with Red Planet, Crash and script writer on Nigerian film, Visitor’s Visa.

Ryan Hooper/Co-Producer

Ryan is a BBC broadcast director and BAFTA Cymru nominated filmmaker. He has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from feature films to broadcast dramas for S4C, ITV and the BBC. In 2012, Ryan co-produced the short film Funday, which is currently being distributed by Shorts International and earned Ryan his first BAFTA Cymru nod.

Gareth Sturgess/Editor

Gareth is a freelance editor and filmmaker. He has worked as a BBC broadcast editor and his clients range from the Manic Street Preachers, Sony Pictures and MTV amongst others. In 2009 Gareth was the principal editor on the BBC’s “Made in Wales” season for It’s My Shout. In 2012 he edited the Raindance screened and BAFTA Cymru nominated short film “Funday”.

Alan Omerovic/Sound

Alan is a sound recording, mixing engineer and music producer. He has worked on various film projects, ranging from feature, documentary and short films. He worked as a score mixer for the following feature and documentary films: “Stay” 2005 directed by Marc Forster, “War Dance” 2007 by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, The Onion movie 2008 etc.. He has worked as a recording and mixing engineer on numerous TV commercials aired nationally in the USA and worldwide.

Thomas Scott/Composer

Tom is based in Minneapolis and Los Angeles where he writes and records music for features, documentary films, commercials, theatre and dance. His compositions have been recorded by the Hollywood Studio Symphony, the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra among others. Recent work includes arrangements for the Kenyan Boys Choir (Nairobi, Kenya) for National Geographic network and Rihanna ‘Half of Me’ documentary.






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