April 19-29, 2018

Synopsis

Twenty years after the war, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to struggle, but in one small mountain town, an unorthodox leader has stepped up to help those around him emerge from the shadow of conflict. A tough and practical man, Lija took charge of the successful defense of his town when he was only twenty. He now heads the Wolves motorcycle club, and has transformed them from a rowdy stereotype into a humanitarian force for good—organizing charity events for local families, securing badly needed hospital supplies throughout the region, and defending the threatened herd of wild horses that he first met on the front line.

Joined by Braco (his poetic second in command) and Zeljko (a former POW who watches over the herd), Lija gives us a look at the personal, social, and political circumstances that still challenge life in this neglected region. Unlike many bleak postwar documents, however, the film provides a rare and complicated study of how hope takes root against the odds.

–Christopher Holmes

Director Shawn Convey to be in attendance for all screenings!

Screenings