Some 500 people packed movie theaters in Toronto and Vancouver to watch “Šesti Autobus” (Sixth Bus), the feature-length drama directed by Eduard Galić which took those in attendance on a trip with a young American who had come to Vukovar to finding out what had happened to a man from his untraceable past and those who were with him on the sixth bus.
After the best opening weekend for a Croatian film this year (and the fourth best ever) with 18,141 viewers watching the film in Croatia over the past weekend, it was only fitting that the film be premiered outside of Croatia, with the first ceasing to be in Canada.
“We were honored when Croatian homeland war and Vukovar veteran, Damir Markuš, and film producer, Dominik Galić, reached out to us with the opportunity to present this first Croatian-made drama production dealing with the city of heroes – Vukovar to Croatians living abroad. “, said Ivan Grbesic, Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce. “It is important for so many people, young and old, outside of Croatia to see this film because it is not only dramatically interesting, it is believable and historic, and unfortunately one of the few productions dealing with the siege of Vukovar and the fall of this city more than 30 years ago.
“While the film evoked emotions and brought back memories of the early 1990s, it offered a nuanced look at the siege of Vukovar led by Yugoslav People’s Army and Serbian paramilitary forces,” said Wanita Kelava, Director of the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce. “The film reminded us that many questions remain unanswered to this day when it comes to Vukovar”, while noting that it was great to see such interest among the younger generations, which was evident by their participation in the presentations in Canada.
The film screenings are part of the “Kanada za Vukovar” (Canada for Vukovar) campaign, which was launched many years ago to help commemorate the victims and heroic defenders of Vukovar, raise awareness among people who are still missing to date and educate about Croatian history while letting the people of Vukovar know that they have not been forgotten. As part of this campaign, more than $200,000 was donated to the city of Vukovar for the Vukovar Water Tower Restoration Project.
A special thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the presentations possible in Canada.
Source: Croatian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce