The DNA of Dignity

Filmmaker Jan Baumgartner follows a team of forensic scientists who, in the anonymity of mass graves, are looking for the last usable traces of human DNA in the hope of giving the victims their names and dignity back decades after the Balkans War, which resulted in the disappearance of thousands of people. Survivors and those left behind pin their hopes on excavations and scientific work. Anthropology, archaeology and forensic science acquire a whole new dimension with this film, especially in connection to the International Commission on Missing Persons. (Tara Karajica, Variety)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
The DNA of Dignity (2022, doc) - Talking Soil (2018, doc short) - Alafia (2016, doc short)
Competition Documentary 2023
Jan Baumgartner
Switzerland 2022
61 minutes
Bosnian / Serbian / Croatian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Jan Baumgartner
Cinematography Lukas Nicolaus
Editing Daniel Asadi Faezi, Jan Baumgartner
Sound/Sounddesign Jan Baumgartner, Philip Hutter
Music Mario Batkovic
With Muniba Muftić, Ramiz Nukić
Producer(s) Jan Baumgartner
Additional Credits
Voiceover: Snežana Vidović, Faketa Salihbegović -Avdagić, Sound Design: Philip Hutter, Colour Grading: Nicholas Coleman
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Locarno Film Festival 2022

Trigger Warning: Mention of Death