Simon Callow supports Srebrenica commemoration

Critically-acclaimed actor, writer and director Simon Callow CBE has become the latest addition to Remembering Srebrenica’s cast of high-profile ambassadors.

Globally renowned for his acting work on stage, screen and TV, Simon is an equally accomplished writer and director. He is supporting Remembering Srebrenica as the charity commemorates the 20th anniversary of the genocide this year.

And to mark the occasion Simon has read the poem ‘Tormented Hearts’, which was written by one of our delegates Misba Sheikh – inspired by her experience on the ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ educational visits programme.

London-based lawyer Misba wrote the poem after meeting genocide survivors and families whose loved ones were systematically murdered in July 1995. The piece, read superbly by Simon, evokes the sadness and desolation that still haunts Srebrenica in the wake of the genocide 20 years on.

In 2001, Simon appeared as a senior UN official in the award-winning film ‘No Man’s Land’, a story set in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Balkans War. The movie focuses on two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb who confront each other in a trench between their lines. It won the 2002 Oscar and Golden Globe awards for Best Foreign Language Film.