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'View from the Bridge' Q&A

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE: Part I What was it like to make a movie in Kosovo, one of the world's most volatile areas? LB: Kosovo used to be extremely volatile; production of the film was actually delayed over a year because of outbreaks of violence. When we filmed in 2005, there definitely was some tension there, but it didn't really feel that unsafe. JE: Some people told us we should bring flak jackets on the shoot. We didn't, and we didn't need them. Kosovo is not extremely dangerous – it's not a walk down Main Street, USA, either, for sure – and we do try to depict the dangers and trepidations we faced in the film itself. We did have […]


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'View from the Bridge' Q&A



'View from the Bridge: Stories from Kosovo': Q&A with Filmmakers John Ealer and Laura Bialis

Directed by John Ealer and Laura Bialis (above), View from the Bridge: Stories from Kosovo, described on the film's official website as “the first documentary feature about post-war Kosovo,” was recently screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The bridge in question is located in the town of Mitrovica, which has become a flashpoint in the ethno-cultural clashes between Muslim Albanians, Christian Serbs, and Roma (Gypsies). In order to portray the differences – and similarities – among those disparate groups, Ealer and Bialis opted for a personal approach to their subject matter. Thus, View from the Bridge relies on first-person accounts – “sometimes hopeful, sometimes tragic” – of the lives of those suffering the physical and emotional […]


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'View from the Bridge: Stories from Kosovo': Q&A with Filmmakers John Ealer and Laura Bialis