Searching for Home
A former exchange student at UMSL — his doc short “Harvard Man” appeared at the 2014 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase — director Hari Secic returns to St. Louis with his first feature, a vérité portrait of a man torn between two counties. A Bosnian Muslim, Sead survived the genocide in Srebrenica, but the war robbed him of his youth and his home: Relatives and close friends were killed, and his village was burned to the ground. Moving to the U.S. as a refugee, Sead became a long-haul truck driver and achieved at least a version of the American Dream. But Saed loved his homeland, and Bosnia continued to exert a powerful pull despite his traumatic memories. Eventually, he decided to abandon his newly created life, leaving his wife and kids — who chose to stay in the U.S. — to return to his Bosnian village. The relocation failed to last, however, and Saed is now essentially a man without a home, forever moving back and forth across the Atlantic, visiting Bosnia for extended stays and driving endless miles in the States to earn a living. “Searching for Home” follows the trucker on the road, where he ruminates on his rootless life, and on a visit to Bosnia, where he finds solace by role-playing as a medieval knight and reconnecting with family and friends.
All That Remains
UMSL professor Rita Csapo-Sweet conducts a self-described "house tour from Hell," recording the remains of her historic home in Dogtown after a devastating house fire.
Imagination transforms childhood environments into places much larger and more beautiful than their actual reality.