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Much Ado In Mostar filmmaker Steve Nemsick

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Published on Mar 18, 2011

The beautiful medieval city of Mostar was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina's recent war. This city is now divided by more than the emerald green Neretva River that runs through it. After the war, Mostar's east side became overwhelmingly Muslim and its west side, Catholic. It is a divide hard for tourists to see, but all too real for the citizens of this once integrated city.

Much Ado In Mostar focuses on a group of 15 - 21 year olds from both sides of Mostar, coming together to perform Shakespeare's great romantic comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing", directed by Professor Andrew Garrod of Dartmouth College. Most of the performers were refugees during the war and struggle with the silent animosity that hangs over Mostar. They speak frankly about attending a segregated school, staying on their side of the river, losing family in the war and what it's like to act. Many of them are acting for the first time.

The cooperation shown by the three ethnic groups involved in the production - Bosniak, Croat, and Serb - not only sends a powerful message of peace, unity, and healing to its audience in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, but will touch viewers worldwide.

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