15 min. Bosnian, English.
“Today is 11th June 1993. The war has been going on for very long. I've tried everything to get out, to save myself, nothing worked. The only thing left is to make this videotape that I will give to my son, he to his, and so on, until a time machine is invented and someone watching this will come and get me out of this.”
Today is 11th June 1993 was developed on the basis of intensive investigations in the Library Hamdija Kreševljaković Video Archive in Sarajevo, a private collection of amateur videos in which the residents of Sarajevo document their lives during the siege. In this collection Thieme found a short science-fiction film in which a group of young people uses black humor to imagine fleeing the enclosed city by means of a time machine. Using simultaneous translation Thieme again formulates the call from the past to the present. How will we react to it?
Clarissa Thieme is a media artist and filmmaker. In her films and installations she combines documentary and fictional elements to explore the politics of memory and the processes of identity. Currently she is a research fellow at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS), where she also created Today is 11th June 1993.