For Clean Air and Water
Ondřej Vlk, Arnika & Eko forum Zenica (BiH), 2015
Copies of the movie are available in the e-shop.
During socialistic era, Yugoslavia belonged to the most successful countries of the eastern bloc. Bosnia in its heart played important role as a centre of chemistry and heavy industry, including arms production. Civil war in 1990´s ruined the economy, scared the society and slowed the progress down. Nowadays, still operated old factories represent serious threat to the environment and human health.
Pollutant emissions to air from the chimneys of the many factories are one of the greatest problems of Central Bosnia. Deep valleys prevent the smog from being dispersed by wind, so tens of thousands of people suffer from the air pollution, mainly at winter. In Bosnia, same as in Ostrava (CZ), the ArcelorMittal corporate at first denied any responsibility for the air pollution. In 2013 it was forced by the local community to install at least some of the obligatory installations for lowering emissions. Despite this effort, the concentrations of pollutants continue to exceed the limit values.
Owners of the factories do not invest to modern technologies and profit from the obsolete metallurgic and chemical factories or power plants.
- September 17, 2015 /19:00/ Zenica, Family Centar Ekran, Trg Alije Izetbegovića 86
- September 16, 2015 /19:00/ Sarajevo, Kriterion cinema, Obala Kulina Bana 2
- September 4, 2015 / 20:00 / Napajedla, Monastery Chapel
- August 26-29, 2015/ evening screenings /Jahorina Film festival, International festival of documentary movies, tourism and ecology in BiH
- May 14, 2015 /21:00/ Prague, Kámen Theatre
- April 15, 2015 /19:30/ Zenica, Family Centar Ekran, Trg Alije Izetbegovića 86
How is it like to breathe in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Samir Lemeš, December 2014
In December 2014, representatives of Eko-Forum (BiH) organized a study visit to Prague. Among other events, they made a tour to the Czech ArcelorMittal facility, to see how much does it differ from the one located in their own city. The visit was crowned by a public workshop, where they introduced the issues of the Central Bosnia with the help of the former ambassador of CZ in BiH and Eko-Forum Zenica presented the activities that have been conductin in frame of the common project in 2014, together with activists from Arnika. A lively debate over possible ways how to improve the situation in a city with such air pollution continued till late hours.
The recording of the event is available down below in two parts.