Despite everything, you can call this a beautiful story. Despite the fact that it is a story about a war, the horrible civil war which kept former Yugoslavia in its grip for many years. It is a beautiful story in principle because it is about love. Ultimately, love always wins. Well mostly.
The true based story is written by Nikolina Kulidžan for Modern Love from the New York Times, a series of weekly reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love.
Marko was in fifth grade and I was in sixth; he was short and I was tall; he was Croatian and I was Serbian. Soon, our ethnic groups would find themselves on the opposing sides of a bloody civil war. But for the moment, none of that mattered.
The war took them apart for 16 years. And then:
Like the bridge, our lives had been shattered and then put back together. We were still gathering pieces, only now we had one fewer piece to look for. With a few sips of wine left in our glasses, Marko and I touched hands, leaned in and kissed. For that moment, it was as if nothing had been lost.
Read the entire column ‘A Kiss Deferred by Civil War’ here.
Designed and directed by Moth Collective
Produced by Nicholas van der Kolk
Written by Nikolina Kulidžan
Animation: Marcus Armitage, Joe Bichard, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Noriko Ishibe, Eamonn O’ Neill, Claudio Salas, Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits
Sound Design: Nicholas van der Kolk
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