Foča, Absolut Serbia | Alexis Cordesse

  • France
  • 1997
  • sr
  • en
  • 11'

In 1997, Alexis Cordesse photographed the town of Foča in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Five years previously it had been seized by Serbian nationalists. The siege lasted three months; appalling violence was visited on the Muslim and Croat populations.
By the time the photographer came, the town had changed its name and the torturers were free. He recorded the traces of atrocities, linking them with testimonies he captured at the scene and accompanied them with extracts from indictments announced by the International Criminal Court.

Foča, Absolut Serbia | Alexis Cordesse
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In 1997, Alexis Cordesse photographed the town of Foča in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Five years previously it had been seized by Serbian nationalists. The siege lasted three months; appalling violence was visited on the Muslim and Croat populations.
By the time the photographer came, the town had changed its name and the torturers were free. He recorded the traces of atrocities, linking them with testimonies he captured at the scene and accompanied them with extracts from indictments announced by the International Criminal Court.

What you will learn in this film…

The story of a town during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina • Traces of a siege • What locals have to say about the war • How the militias seized Foča • Daily life after the war • A war still present in people's minds • A rostrum camera film • Sound creation in the service of photography A rostrum-camera film • Sound creation in the service of photography

Film chapters

summary00:00 Taking over the town

summary06:27 In the schools and hotels

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• 2010 LUCIEN & RODOLPHE HERVÉ PRICE CATALOGUE - artist: Alexis Cordesse ; 2010 ; Vimagies editions ; French 

• INFERNO - artist: James Nachtwey ; 2000 ; Phaidon 

• THE GRAVES: SREBRENICA AND VUKOVAR - artist: Gilles Peress ; authors: Eric Stover and Justice Richard J. Goldstone ; 1998 ; Scalo editions

• LES BORDS RÉELS - artist: Adrien Selbert ; 2021 ; Le Bec en L’Air Editions ; bilingual: English-French