At 15, Dragan Kisin was beating kids up, drinking, and getting in all sorts of trouble. His father had left home to avoid gambling debts, and his mother was in despair. Then Dragan joined the Be a Man club in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Banja Luka. He is now a community leader and non-violence advocate.
A delicate balance of Muslims, Serbs and Croats, Bosnia was torn apart as federal Yugoslavia dissolved. Up to 100,000 people were killed in the 1992-1995 war and an estimated 35,000 women were raped.
Recognizing that the widespread sexual violence perpetrated in the war had given rise to a culture of violence and bullying among youth, the Be a Man club brings young men and women together to fight stereotypes and become role models for their peers.
Liz Mermin – Director (UK)
Liz Mermin is a documentary filmmaker whose work has explored a variety of contemporary topics, from a beauty school in Kabul to press freedom in Azerbaijan to the tangled relationships between police, terrorists, and the film world in Mumbai. Her films have been broadcast internationally, released in cinemas in the US and UK, and shown at film festivals around the world. Mermin came to filmmaking through cultural anthropology and the study of African cinema and is now settled in the UK.