Film Screening and Q&A—The Constitution: A Love Story About Hate
The Constitution, set in Zagreb, Croatia, tells the story of four very different people living in the same apartment building but avoiding each other because of differences in their beliefs, how they live their lives, and where they come from. Under normal circumstances they would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune ultimately pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality, and religion. Slowly, sometimes painfully, they begin to open up to each other and to recognize each other’s essential humanity.
The film won the prestigious Montreal Film Festival Grand Prize of the Americas in September and is on its way to numerous other film festivals around the world. It has recently premiered, to critical acclaim, in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.
Beka Vučo is the regional manager for the Western Balkans at the Open Society Initiative for Europe.
Rajko Grlić is the director and co-screenwriter of The Constitution. He has written and directed twelve feature films and is Ohio Eminent Scholar in Film at Ohio University.
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