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WORTH A WATCH: Croxley resident directs documentary featuring the unheard voices of World War Two

 Published on: 1st January 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Croxley resident is set to release a documentary which focusses on the Jewish community in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Natali Khalili Tari, a director based in the village, worked together with Qali Nur to produce Between Mountains and Wars, telling the story of Ester Kaveson Debevec, Rifka Albahari Raus and Laura Papo Ostojić, three Sephardic women between the ages of 79 and 87 and their lives during World War Two.

After travelling to Sarajevo and visiting the synagogue and meeting the people there, Natali said they decided to tell their stories.

She said: “We went on a walking tour around Sarajevo and when we came across the synagogue, we didn’t know anything about Jewish people in Bosnia. Gradually we got to know the ladies and they became our friends.

“There are so many stories and this type of coexistence between Muslims and Jews and the history of World War Two from this part of the world isn’t really heard.”

Natali added that the documentary tells the story of solidarity between Muslims, Jews, Catholics and Orthodox people in times of war and is a story that needs to be told.

She said: “It’s been a long journey with a lot of work in a short amount of time but I am excited. I just want these ladies to be heard and documented in a way that is accessible to everyone.”

Natali also said that thanks to the support of donations, they have raised €7,000 to pay for the use of archive material in the feature.

She said: “We need to include archive material to give it a historical trajectory and we have narrowed it down to what we want to use, we just need to license it.”

Find out more about the documentary on @betweenmountainsandwars on Instagram.

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