Europa Transit, Ten looks on ten conflicts in search of empathy and mutual understanding. Ten stories in defense of culture to aid the transition to coexistence.
The Europa Transit itinerant embassy traveled to ten European cities that have been or are witnessing wars or conflicts. On behalf of the Lighthouse of Peace and with the mission of spreading the values of empathy and mutual understanding, Europa Transit visited Ceuta, Belfast, Dresden, Wroclaw, Sarajevo, Moscow, Pafos, Plovdiv, Pristina and Thessaloniki. The embassy undertook its route in January 2016, by bus. In each enclave, the Europa Transit team, led by the filmmaker Xuban Intxausti, shot a documentary combining a journalistic account of the conflict with a cultural approach.
SOUNDS OF RESILIENCE
Documentary // Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director // Xuban Intxausti
The documentary starring Mursego and cellist Vedran Smailovic was recorded in Bosnia and Herzegovina and deals with the value of music to build resilience.
The Basque artist Maite Arroitajauregi “Mursego” travels to Sarajevo and Gorazde to create a musical piece that evokes the Adagio of Albinoni that Vedran Smailovic (“the Sarajevo cellist”) performed between sniper shots to pay tribute to 22 civilians killed in May 1992 while queuing to buy bread.
Mursego discovers the consequences of the war and the current situation in Bosnia Herzegovina at the hands of its inhabitants. The testimonies of women fighters, intellectuals, ex-combatants, students and artists inspire sounds for their final concert in Sarajevo.
This is a documentary about the ability to overcome trauma and about the power of music.
Mursego is the musical project of Maite Arroitajauregi (Éibar, Guipúzcoa, 1977). Graduated in cello from the Vitoria School of Music, is a composer and performer.
Maite Arroitajauregi has participated as a cellist in many musical projects in the Basque Country. Among the elements used in her compositions, in addition to the cello, are the loop station, chiflo, Chinese dishes, plunger flute, theremin, tambourine, ukulele, autoarpa, rhymes, palms and voice. Although her main training comes from classical music, she has also received influence from popular and rock music groups, such as Hello Cuca, Lidia Damunt, Fugazi, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Víctor Jara, Mikel Laboa, Matt Elliott … She has also composed the soundtrack of various film projects.
Part of Donostia/San Sebastián European Capital of Culture 2016, this screening and concert is proudly supported by Etxepare Basque Institute.
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