Billy Crystal Fills the Silence (2014)

A film By: Brianne Nord-Stewart


A visitor reflects on the minutiae of tourism vs war tourism.

This film is the result of being asked by Danish film collective, The Current, to direct a “no-budget” film about an “un-illuminated news item”.

“A few years ago I travelled alone to Croatia, Europe’s new tourist destination. The remnants of a war gone by seemed barely visible, unless you look, or ask. In Bosnia, I hiked alongside 8,000 people for four days in 40+ degree heat in remembrance of the Srebrenica massacre, I got yelled at by infuriated Muslims for not covering my legs and arms near the cemetery, only to realize much later why — and feel the shame of touristic arrogance. I watched 614 bodies in anorexic coffins be put into the earth in one hour. Bodies that for 16 years had been unidentified after being uncovered in mass graves. I could only describe the country as “insane”. And yet it left me feeling like I was the crazy one, that in fact moving from talk of genocide to laughing at an American movie, and back again is the norm.” – Nord-Stewart

Poem: “When Harry Met Sally” by North Campbell
Starring: Benjamin Bolling Schütze
Voice Over: North Campbell
Director of Photography: Amy Belling
Produced by: Brianne Nord-Stewart

Produced for THE CURRENT – KnockKnock



2015      100 Films in 100 Minutes, Kyiv International Short Film Festival
2014      Filminute Top 25 Shortlist, Online
2014      Backyard Film Festival, Vancouver, BC
2014      Vashon International 60 Second Film Festival, Vashon, Washington


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