SREBRENICA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. On October 15, 2017, a new, Dutch documentary on Zen Peacemaker work was released. Created by Pat van Boeckel and produced by Karin van der Molen, Vrede Vinden in Srebrenica is an hour-long film that follows the Zen Peacemakers Bearing Witness Retreat in Bosnia-Herzegovina that took place in May 2017. The documentary includes interviews with Zen Peacemaker Roshis Frank de Waele of Belgium and Barbara Wegmuller of Switzerland, as well as international retreat participants. An English translation of the documentary’s description is below, followed by the original Dutch. It was initially hosted on the Dutch Public Broadcasting Web-streaming service NPO Start, and is now on youtube with English subtitles.
Can listening help to heal the wounds of a war? Does anything change if we forget the black pages in history? That is the question with which an international group of Zen Peacemakers travels to Srebrenica and Sarajevo. In this bustling city, the tension seems to rise earlier rather than later. The stories of the participants in this special bearing witness journey take us along the pains of a recent past, along ethnic and religious backgrounds and offer opportunities to break the circle of suffering. Together they go to “the places we are afraid of”, such as the mountain of the sharpshooters, the Sarajevo market, the Dutchbat hall in Srebrenica, the secluded villages with Serbian Bosnians, the endless rows of white stones in the cemeteries. Frank De Waele, organizer of Zen Peacemakers Europe, explains how we process by going to these difficult places and how we can look into history in order to heal. (Translated using Google and revised.)