Film Review: Srdjan Vuletić, “Hop, Skip, and Jump”

Sarajevo

When I was traveling in Sarajevo this summer, meeting with artists and activists who had survived the siege, people kept recommending the films of Srdjan Vuletić. I soon saw why. The first to come into my hands was a 16-minute stunner called “Hop, Skip, and Jump” (2000).

With captivating cinematography and astonishingly minimal dialogue, “Hop, Skip, and Jump” evokes the terror of life in Sarajevo during and after the siege, a terror magnified by the physical proximity — the sheer intimacy — of the perpetrators and their victims. It’s life in a sniper’s sights, life reduced to agonized desperation.

“Hop, Skip, and Jump” is not for the faint of heart. Bearing witness, Vuletić gives us the violence and heartbreak of the siege in the raw. But the film’s extraordinary depth and power lie in its masterfully subtle treatments of gender, ethnic identity, resistance, and passion, allowing the film’s tonal complexities to reverberate long after the final credits roll.

Photograph by the author. “Hop, Skip, and Jump” is not available for distribution in the United States. With the permission of Srdjan Vuletić, I am posting this link to the film, hoping that readers will find their own ways to support Srdjan and other brilliant filmmakers like him.

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson teaches religion, ethics, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He is the author of *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and nonfiction essays about Bosnia for the Canadian literary magazine *Numero Cinq*. Born in 1975 in Olean, NY, he earned the Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in American religious history. He writes, teaches, and lectures about religion in America, popular culture, Mormonism, and Bosnia. He lives in Exeter with his partner, Alexis Simpson, and their two children.
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2 Responses to Film Review: Srdjan Vuletić, “Hop, Skip, and Jump”

  1. Mary says:

    Thanks for sharing the link. I watched the film and it really does a great job of evoking the feelings of the people who lived through this in Sarajevo. So tragic.

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