Wednesday, May 1, 2:00 pm
Lana Oppen MFA Defence
Screening Lana Oppen's MFA thesis documentary film The Last Yugoslavs
Multimedia Studio, Room 107, Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts (AWCCA) building, 360 Freedom Way
(located across Freedom Way from the SoCA Armouries, and south of Burger King)
Students, faculty and the public are welcome to attend our graduate fine arts students' thesis defence sessions.
Lana Oppen’s MFA thesis documentary film The Last Yugoslavs looks into the feelings of loss of her homeland, which are accentuated by the fact that she cannot return there - because Yugoslavia does not exist anymore
Her generation and her family are the last members of this society that is now locked in the past. The film explores their collective history and reflects on the construct of her national identity as it was shaped by ideology, displacement, war, and memory. This story is a search for connection with her past, her identity, and her family.
A Yugoslavian-Bosnian-Croatian-Canadian filmmaker, Lana Oppen is seeking to understand herself and the world around her through film. Born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Yugoslavia), and immigrated to Canada during the 90s Bosnian War, much of her film work is influenced by her life experiences. Her research explores the transmutations of fragmented national identities in immigrant lives through the subject of memory, identity, nostalgia, and displacement.
Graduate supervisor: Prof. Kim Nelson