Jeff Silva screens Balkan Rhapsodies next Monday October 20th 7PM at the Harvard Film Archive

From: Jeff Daniel Silva (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Oct 13 2008 - 15:33:54 PDT

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Balkan Rhapsodies (2008) Boston Premiere!
 By Jeff Daniel Silva

Monday, October 20, 2008
Time: 7PM
Location: Harvard Film Archive 24 Quincy St, Cambridge,MA

Dear Friends,
I am delighted to announce that
[] Balkan Rhapsodies,
will be having it's Boston premiere at the Harvard Film Archive next Monday
Oct. 20th. I am very honored to be screening at the HFA and hope you'll
join me there if you are in the area. For those who have already seen BR,
I'll also be presenting an excerpt from a work-in-progress that I'm excited
to share with

Please join me at the
[] HFA at 7PM Monday
October 20th


Jeff Daniel Silva
Jeff Daniel Silva's Balkan Rhapsodies:78 Measures of War

Monday October 20 at 7pm
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA
Special Event Tickets $10

In July 1999, filmmaker Jeff Daniel Silva was the first US citizen to
visit the former Yugoslavia just weeks after NATO’s bombing campaign,
aimed at the government of Slobodan Miloševi?. Silva’s encounters with
ordinary citizens in the wake of the violence—particularly those caught
between a government they detested and NATO warplanes that didn’t
distinguish between civilian and military life—sparked the making of
Balkan Rhapsodies. Silva returned to the region two more times over the
next five years, weaving footage he shot there into a challenging, moving
and funny documentary.

Silva is an emerging filmmaker who over the last ten years has developed a
diverse body of work based in experimental and non-fiction film, from
multi-channel installations to short films and documentaries that have
screened internationally. Based in Boston, he teaches at Harvard and
Emerson. Besides discussing Balkan Rhapsodies, Silva will also present
footage from a work-in-process.

Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War

Directed by Jeff Daniel Silva, Appearing in Person
With Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn
US 2008, video, color, 55 min.

Balkan Rhapsodies uses the 78 days of NATO bombings of the former
Yugoslavia (March 24 – June 10, 1999) as a structuring device by breaking
footage from Silva’s travels into a string of numbered fragments, held
together by the filmmaker’s abundantly evident engagement, anger, humor,
affection and curiosity. Webster’s Dictionary defines “rhapsody” as,
variously, “a musical composition irregular in form and suggestive of
improvisation,” “an epic poem,” and “an unusually intense,
emotional…work.” Inspired by rhapsodic form—as well as a penchant for
Serbia’s potent national drink—Silva’s documentary lives up to all
three definitions at once, as it incorporates video material shot over
eight years (in the Balkans and during informal interactions with American
political luminaries Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn) with archival footage,
re-enactments and cultural appropriations. Balkan Rhapsodies deftly
navigates an alternately serious and humorous landscape that captures the
essence of a post-traumatic historical moment in the Balkans, and the
precarious situation of a young generation of Serbs and Albanians ensnared
in a country governed by a vicious ruler.

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