Fathers and Sons: Loss and Truth in War Films from Bosnia and Sri Lanka

  • Dubravka ZarkovEmail author
  • Neloufer De Mel
  • Rada Drezgic
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


In their chapter on cinematic—fictional—representations of fatherhood in postwar Bosnia and Sri Lanka the authors analyze cinematic representation of the protagonist Fathers’ sense of loss, and their search for the truth about their soldier-Sons’ deaths. They argue that Prasanna Vithanage’s Death on a Full Moon Day (1997) and Pjer Zalica’s Fuse (2003) engage in a rare but beautifully executed construction of alternative masculinities. This is done by stressing three characteristics of the Father figures: their physical and mental impairments and capacities; their position vis-à-vis their communities; and their relation to the state. The non-heroic, anti-ideological aspects of the Sons’ soldiering further help the Fathers to resist appropriation of their war-suffering and loss, and to stubbornly insist on their specific understanding of the truth about the war and its devastating effects.


Alternative masculinities War films Fathers & sons Loss Truth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dubravka Zarkov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Neloufer De Mel
    • 2
  • Rada Drezgic
    • 3
  1. 1.Erasmus University of RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of ColomboColomboSri Lanka
  3. 3.University of ArtsBelgradeSerbia

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