Antalya Festival: Aida Begic on ‘Never Leave Me,’ Shooting Movies with Kids

Antalya Festival: Aida Begic on ‘Never Leave Me,’ Shooting Movies with Kids
Antalya, Turkey — Aida Begic spent months working with aid groups and displaced Syrian families and orphans in preparing her portrait of the refugee crisis, as seen from the eyes of children in “Never Leave Me.” The subject is well-known to the Bosnian survivor of the Balkan War, whose films often focus on the youngest victims and their remarkable buoyancy. Variety chatted to Begic as “Never Leave Me” opened the 54th Antalya Festival.

How did your own experience lead you to making such incisive portraits of children as survivors?

I was 16 when our war happened. I’m always very sensitive to this problem and I always will be to the suffering of innocents. I know that there are many dimensions and kids they have to stay kids even in the worst circumstances. So to talk about what’s happening with children and their dreams and their emotions, it’s probably something that will give us a different perspective
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