Good Husband, Dear Son

The Netherlands 2001, Documentary, 50’ | Director Heddy Honigmann | Screenplay Heddy Honigmann, Ester Gould, Emir Dzino | DoP John Appel | Editor Patrock Minks | Sound Piotr van Dijk | Production Appel Honigmann, IKON Television | Distribution Ideale Audience International

In the hills surrounding Sarajevo lies the village Ahatovici. In 1992 about 80 % of all the men were killed. The village was burnt to its foundations. Women and children were spared. The character of the village has changed forever. Good Husband, Dear Son is the story about the dead. Every one of them was special to their families and to the community where they worked, lived and loved. They were good husbands and dear sons: Sulejman, The master plasterer. Refik, the maker of indestructible window and door frames as well as a great lover. Samir and Armin, football players at the local football club. Muhamed, the professional hunter but a softie at heart. Sead who was so very fond of apples – and so many others.

Good Husband, Dear Son is the intimate and therefore dramatic story behind this forgotten genocide. The murdered men are brought back to life through the stories told by their wives, daughters and surviving sons and through a few remaining photographs and objects. It’s precisely by means of these details tat the film tries to tell a greater story. It is about the memories – beautiful, melancholic and sad ones – that cling to a watch that’s been recovered, an apple tree, a bricklaying tool or a T-Shirt. Bit by bit it’s these memories, that project on a hill in Bosnia the image of a disrupted community.

HEDDY HONIGMANN, Tochter von Überlebenden des Holocaust, wurde 1951 im peruanischen Lima geboren. An der dortigen Universität studierte sie später Biologie und Literatur. 1973 verließ sie Lima, reiste zunächst durch Mexiko, Israel, Spanien und Frankreich und studierte anschließend Film am Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rom. Seit 1978 ist Heddy Honigmann niederländische Staatsbürgerin und lebt in Amsterdam – auch wenn ihre Karriere als Filmemacherin sie rund um den Globus geführt hat. Vor ihrem persönlichen Hintergrund als Kind von Exilanten verwundert es nicht, dass die Nöte von Verbannten und Außenseitern stets wiederkehrende Themen in ihren Dokumentationen sind – sowie auch Erinnerung, Musik und Liebe.

Filme von Heddy Honigmann (Auswahl)
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2012 | In a Good Day 2012 | Droomboom 2012 | West Side Stories 2010/2011 | El Olvido 2008 | Forever 2006 | A shetl that’s no longer there & 11 Other Shorts of the Series ›Food for Love‹ 2004 | Dame la Mano 2003 | Private 2000 | Crazy 1999 | 2 Minutes of Silence, Please 1998 | The Underground Orchestra 1997 | O Amor Natural 1996 | Au Revoir 1995 | Metal and Melancholy 1992 | Mind Shadows 1987 | De Deur van het Huis 1985 | De Witte Paraplu 1983

Heddy Honigmann
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