Edo Jaganjac: The Princess of Sarajevo
In the summer of 1993, the eyes of the whole world were fixed on the story of a small girl called by the BBC "The Princess of Sarajevo." The five-year-old Irma Hadžimuratović was severely injured during the Siege of Sarajevo. The girl was taken to a hospital into the care of a young surgeon, Edo Jaganjac, who was determined to do his utmost to save her life. He had to face inhumane conditions in the besieged, sniper-infested city, and treat people in a hospital where conditions were far below even the most basic standards of care. Surprisingly though, his hardest battle was fought with the unwilling, incompetent, uninvolved and sometimes almost malicious bureaucrats and international officers – the so-called peacekeepers. Uninterested in politics, let alone the war, but determined to help his fellow citizens survive the war and its atrocities, Edo Jaganjac has written a memoir so strong it will leave a lasting impression in the reader's mind.
This international scandal resulted in the UN commencing one of the largest medical evacuation operations dubbed "Operation Irma". Hundreds of lives were saved by the airlift. All of these stories are featured in this bloody Sarajevo tale – an honest and heart-breaking testimony of a man who with steady hands but shaken heart tilted at windmills and fought the good fight for the most humane of reasons, more valuable than any military goal – he fought to save a human life.
Documentary about a Life and Work of Jaroslava Bičovská
On the occasion of the 70th birthday of Jaroslava Bičovská, renowned director David Vigner is working on a documentary about the life and work of this significant Czech illustrator and painter. The whole project is run under the auspices of the GEMA Gallery. The director takes an original approach to the documentary. It is partly shot "in the old-fashioned way", on analogue film. The filming has been in motion for the whole year of 2015, which means it includes, among other events, also the spring installation and launch of the painter's exhibition at the Strahov monastery in Prague. You can find out more about the exhibition here.