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A personal documentary revealing what it means to be "Bosnian" through the experience of a Bosnian-American in Portland and Sarajevo.
A personal documentary revealing what it means to be "Bosnian" through the experience of a Bosnian-American in Portland and Sarajevo.
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Finding Bosnia presents the intimate and personal journey of a Bosnian war refugee raised in the United States who seeks to reclaim her "Bosnian" culture and identity.  Meet Ivana Horvat who fled Sarajevo with her mother in 1992 during  the siege of the capital city because of the Bosnian conflict, leaving her father and his fate behind. Three years later, her father was reunited with his wife and daughter and the Horvat family began rebuilding their life together in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in America Ivana heard little mention of their family's struggle for asylum.


Despite speaking her native language at home, Ivana feels distanced from her Bosnian heritage.  She has made it her goal to make Bosnia "real" and to embrace her cultural background by not only returning to Bosnia, but also by meeting and interviewing other Bosnian refugees in Portland, Paris, and wherever else the journey takes her.  Her mother and her father, Tanja and Nino Horvat, took turns capturing home videos of their new life together in Portland and twenty years later, their footage has become a lens with which Ivana can watch her transition from being a young Bosnian child to an American woman.  Using this footage, the memories of her parents, and those of the members of the community who helped get them to Portland, Oregon as a bridge into her past, Ivana Horvat returns to Bosnia to discover her heritage and what "Bosnian" means.  She shares this personal journey with her audience in hopes to encourage others who feel isolated from their native culture to reclaim their backgrounds and identities. It is very important to Ivana to create this film to raise awareness about Bosnia, a country that is rarely studied in school and depicted in the media to emphasize that there is more to Bosnia than the war.

Although our goal is $4,000, this money will only cover airfare for Adrian and Ivana to fly to Sarajevo. The truth is we need more than this goal of $4,000 to cover other documentary expenses including, equipment and post-production. Anything helps and thank you in advance!

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    A thank you email including a brief language guide so you can practice your Bosnian in the comfort of your own home! Onda cete moci ovo razumijeti!

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    A snazzy postcard from Portland before I leave for Bosnia in June and another one from Bosnia giving you exclusive and personalized updates on my progress, adventures and stories.

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    Your name in the credits of the documentary as a "supporter" along with the previous rewards.

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    Access to a private password protected site which lets you watch video clips of selected footage filmed in Bosnia along with the previous rewards.

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    A Horvat family Bosnian Cook book filled with delicious Balkan recipes with foods Ivana grew up eating and would love to share with you! All previous rewards included!

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