Close the Door
is a feature-length film I have been making for the past four years. It is a poetic magic-realist
portrait of my grandparents and their war-scarred home in Bosnia. Shot like a drama, rather than
a documentary, it captures their every-day life more than twenty years after the war. Old age and the
awareness of one's own life passing are acute. The day is split into routine and segments. Yet, the
memory of the war and of loss disrupts everyday life. Longing, sorrow and love flow through the cracks
created by the sudden and inhumane breaks caused by war. How can we move forward when the past
has such a strong hold on us?
The war may be officially over, but the scars remain, and the story largely untold. Telling this story is a
testimony of the strength of the human spirit, the power of compassion and the sad reality that in a war,
everybody loses. This website is both a platform for raising funding in order to complete the last
production stages of the film as well as a platform providing an expansion of the film: an entrance into
the world of my grandparents and their universe of war, loss and love, through a series of
written stories, each accompanied by a 2-5min film.