In Sarajevo’s Baščaršija (Old Town), some craft shops offer tourists unusual souvenirs – items from the war that could have served as reminders of a bloody and turbulent past in Bosnia and Herzegovina but have instead been transformed into something beautiful.
How do we heal when the past is wrought with violence while the present offers perpetrators impunity and survivors little to nothing? Joshua Oppenheimer’s two films, "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence", each offer some insight into helping answer not only this question but the many questions that linger after incidents of genocide.
The fuzzy, metal-infused guitars and punk rock attitude of Mitrovica Rock School alumni, Proximity Mine, stand for much more than just youthful attitude and rebellion. Hailing from Mitrovica, the new band joins the ranks of a long line of influential rock musicians from Kosovo’s “Rock City”.
Monsieur Chat, also known as the yellow cat in Sarajevo, is the work of the French-Swiss artist Thoma Vuille. At first, the cat’s creator was unknown, but he was caught painting the cat and soon became famous for his work.
While discussion about Islam’s role in European culture has been ongoing, their shared history goes back much further. Recognizing this history raises questions on how people will live together on this diverse continent.