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Sevap / Mitzvah

SEVAP / MITZVAH

Short Film | Period Drama

Status: In Festivals

In 1941 Nazi-occupied Bosnia, a Muslim woman risks her life to save her Jewish friends and is saved by them in turn

50 years later.

 

Inspired by a true story.

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UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Virtual Screening & Q&A

April 2, 2024 | 7pm ETTickets

2024 Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival (Santa Cruz, CA)

April 4, 2024 | 7pm | Temple Beth El Social Hall

April 11, 2024 | 2pm | Aegis Community Room, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos

April 27, 2024 | 7pm | Temple Beth El Library

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Director/Writer: Sabina Vajrača

Producers: Kerim Mašović, Sabina Vajrača

Executive Producer: Diana Sanela Jenkins / D Empire Ent.

Executive Producer: Azra Isaković

Co-Producer: Ivo Kaunitz

Director of Photography: Alen Alilović

Production & Costume Designer: Adisa Vatreš Selimović

Asst. Production & Costume Designer: Monika Močević

Props Master: Admir "Guma" Karkelja

Composer: Merima Ključo

Casting: Vanja Nikolić

Editor: Saša Peševski

Script Consultant: Richard Kletter

History Consultant: Eli Tauber

Book Illustrations by: Aurélie Tournois, inspired by

the works of Nesim Tahirović

CAST

Zejneba Hardaga: Helena Vuković

Bahra Hardaga: Sanela Krsmanović-Bistrivoda

Rifka Kabiljo: Magdalena Živaljić Tadić

Mustafa Hardaga: Adnan Hasković

Izet Hardaga: Muhamed Hadžović

Josef Kabiljo: Frano Mašković Mačak

Ivica: Rijad Gvozden

Older Zejneba Hardaga: Emina Minka Muftić

Older Rifka Kabiljo: Jasna Buha

Aida Hardaga: Snežana Vidović

JDC Representative: Reshad Strik

Translator: Amar Selimović

Benjamin Kabiljo: Darijan Mehmedpašić

Tova Kabiljo: Ela Selimović

Young Aida Hardaga: Uma Fijuljanin

Young Zejneba Hardaga: Dalia Kalamujić

Young Rifka Kabiljo: Reina Selimović

Bahra and Izet's Older Son: Aton Ilaj Kurt

Bahra and Izet's Younger Son: Omar Mahmutagić

Woman at the Marketplace: Asja Pavlović

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AWARDS

2024 Academy® Awards Contender 

2023 Humanitas Prize

2021 Claims Conference Emerging Filmmaker Grant

2024 Sedona Int'l Film Festival ~ Directors' Choice + Audience Award

2023 ECOCINE Film Festival ~ Human Rights Award

2023 Centre Film Festival ~ Gratitude Award

2023 Sedicicorto Int'l Film Festival ~ Audience Award

2023 Flickers' Rhode Island Int'l FF ~ Jury Award: International Vision Award

2023 Cordillera Int'l Film Festival ~ Jury Award: Best Female Focus

REVIEWS

Film Business: "A masterpiece ... not to be missed"

Film Threat: "The filmmaker does incredible work"

Hollywood Times: "A must-watch film"

Los Angeles News: "Writer-Director Sabina Vajrača is impressive"

UK Film: "Brilliantly realized ... impressive and worthy drama"

Bain's Film: "I wouldn't be surprised to see it listed among the best live-action short films at next year’s award ceremonies."

Take2Indie: "Transcendent story ... inspiring."

One Film Fan: "Absolutely inspiring"

The Word: "Riveting, edge-of-the-seat gem"

Eye for Film: "A remarkable piece of work"

ARTICLES

Variety: "Humanitas Prize Toast"

Deadline Hollywood: "Humanitas Prize Winners"

MovieJawn: "6 recommended short films from this year's HollyShorts Film Festival"

The Jerusalem Post: "After a Muslim family saved them during the Holocaust, a Jewish family returned the favor"

The Algemeiner: "Movie Inspired by Muslim Family That Saved Jewish Friends During Holocaust Wins Grant"

INTERVIEWS

Reuters (VIDEO)

Dr. Ward Bond Show (VIDEO)

RealTV HollyShorts Red Carpet (VIDEO)

Videoblogg (VIDEO)

Bain's Film (VIDEO)

The Hollywood Times (VIDEO)

Go Indie Now (VIDEO)

B'nai B'rith International (VIDEO)

AwardsDaily: "Director Sabina Vajrača On the Choice Between Fear and Love"

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: "A Muslim family saved a Jewish one from the Nazis. 50 years later, the Jewish family returned the favor in Sarajevo."

Jerusalem Post: "After a Muslim family saved them during the Holocaust, a Jewish family returned the favor"

The Jewish Chronicle: "Meet the Muslim and Jew who saved each other's lives in conflicts decades apart​"

Authority Magazine: "Why & How Filmmaker Sabina Vajraca Is Helping

To Change Our World"

Classic Couple: "Filmmaker 5 with Sabina Vajraca: Sevap/Mitzvah"

Theatre FullStop: "Writer and Director Sabina Vajraca talks about her latest film SEVAP/MITZVAH"

IN BOSNIAN

N1 TV Interview (VIDEO): "Film Sabine Vajrače Sevap/Mitzvah među kandidatima za Oscar"

N1 TV Interview (VIDEO): "Istinita ratna priča poslužila kao inspiracija za film Sevap" 

RTVTK Interview (VIDEO) 

Klix Interview: "Stiže nam film koji isprepliće sudbine muslimana i Jevreja:

Evo zašto ga vrijedi pogledati"

Klix: "Bosanski sevap svi nosimo u krvi: Film o Zejnebi Hardagi dio je festivala koji vodi ka Oscaru"

Klix: "U centru Sarajeva osvanule nacističke zastave, snima se film o Drugom svjetskom ratu"

Klix: "Sabina Vajrača osvojila nagradu Claims Conferncea za film 'Sevap/Mitzvah'" 

 

Oslobodjenje: "Film bosansko-američke režiserke Sabine Vajrače

proglašen najboljim" 

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Additional Funding provided by

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Fiscally Sponsored by the

Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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