The role of culture

Sarajevo Film Festival Tram (© flöschen from Neuchâtel)

Hélène Michaud takes a look at what role culture takes in various stages of a country’s development. In Bosnia, the Sarajevo film festival helped create a feeling of solidarity in the besieged city. In Zimbabwe, in the midst of economic hardship and political repression, how do artists see their role? Do art and culture become irrelevant or rather essential? In Costa Rica, subsidised art is taken for granted.