One More Mile: Description of the Project

Is nation-building just another form of colonialism?

One More Mile begins by showing the international presence in Bosnia after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accord, the dissolution of Yugoslavia into 3 nations, and with the introduction of our interview subjects. The film focuses on the interpersonal relationships between international workers and local Bosnians within their areas of expertise - media, education, economy, law, the arts, and "healing". Interspersed through these sections are personal accounts and historic footage, which address the allegorical implications of the international presence and the challenges of nation-building in the 21st century.

The subjects of One More Mile speak for themselves from all corners of the country--Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, Brcko, Gorazde--forming a complex dialogue of voices that give insight into the process of rebuilding a divided nation in a pluralistic and increasingly interdependent world. Musical choices reflect ethnic traditions and are juxtaposed self-consciously with images. Found footage includes the 1984 Winter Olympics, artist's video footage from the siege of Sarajevo, animations, MTV-style election songs, an SFOR/Nazi propaganda video, and other story-telling moments from interviews.

One More Mile includes footage that develops a number of metaphors about the geographic and symbolic space of Bosnia-a child tuning an antique radio to different channels, café life and coffee drinking, a giant cross erected to overlook the Muslim side of Mostar, propaganda-prone TV stations shut down by international military pressure, and textbooks with inflammatory passages marked out. Voiceovers merge into shots of the people and places of Bosnia in a way that leaves a strong impression of the entire countryside, hauntingly beautiful in its rural devastation, rather than isolating the more familiar war-torn urban Sarajevo. The overall effect is of a guided tour through the wilderness of a newly born country - a tour where the viewer gets to listen to all of the inhabitants of the bus, instead of to the droning of the driver.


The filmmakers spent two years (2000-2002) traveling to Bosnia-Herzegovina gathering footage and editing before and after each trip. The final cut draws from over 80 hours of raw footage resulting in over 1000 pages of transcribed and translated interviews, 5 hours of collected stock footage, a dozen maps, and numerous de-classified documents. In addition, the filmmakers sought feedback and comments from the interview subjects, reviewers, and fellow scholars.

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