10 Minutes – A Powerful Short Movie about Life and Death
SPOILER ALERT: Please watch the short movie above before reading this article.
Just like the name suggests, this short movie only lasts 10 minutes on the screen, but stays in our heads much longer. It’s one of the rare movies that say so much by not saying it – instead, we are forced to think and reach our own conclusions.
Same time, different places:
In Rome, a tourist walks through the streets, happy and relaxed. Just a one-hour flight away from Rome is Sarajevo. But in 1995, the only thing flying over Sarajevo were bombs.
So what do ten minutes mean in the life of a tourist in Rome? And what do they mean to a child in Sarajevo, a war zone?
Bosnian director Ahmed Imamovic was born in Sarajevo and forced to live through the Siege of his city – the longest siege in modern history, a part of the worst genocide in Europe since World War II.
This movie was his graduation work and was honored with the European Film Academy’s award for Best Short Film. It was also named Best Short Film at the Sarajevo Film Festival, a festival started during the war as a way to resist the intellectual and cultural murder of the city.
10 Minutes was filmed in 2002 with a low budget and was noted not only for its powerful message and great screenplay (by Srdjan Vuletic), but also for the amazing camera-work: the entire Sarajevo sequence was filmed in one shot.
So what happened in Syria while you read this article? Or in a country that isn’t even officially at war?
Or what happened in Bosnia, as the country suffers through the worst floods in its history – making thousands of people lose everything they had once again, after they lost it in the war?
The movie is a painful and powerful reminder of what we have and how fast we can lose it. Be thankful and show it by helping the less fortunate, however you can.