Jaclyn Stewart was chosen to be the lead for a short film based on the life of Lejla Bajramovic, a ballet dancer who grew up in war torn Sarajevo and immigrated to Canada.
Also appearing in the film are dancers Victoria Nichols, Isabelle Tosh and Lilah Nezan.
"I would love for viewers to take away a sense of hopefulness from this" said Director, Producer and Co-Writer of From Sarajevo, Kristen McNaule, during an interview for the film's broadcast on CBC's Reel Shorts 2018. "I think people can endure really strenuous situations and hardships if they are given a chance ... People need to be given chances in life in order to succeed." Kristen encouraged viewers: "Keep focusing on your dreams and keep pursuing them."
Originally created for the Digi60 Fall 2017, this film, cast and director have won accolades from independent film festivals around the world and was recently selected to be shown on CBC as part of the Reel Shorts 2018.
Kristen McNaule is a former student of the Rosemary Breman School of Dance. In addition to studying ballet, jazz, tap and highland dancing with Rosemary, Kristen was a champion Highland dancer, successfully competing locally, across Canada and around the world.
Kristen has written, directed, and produced several short films which have appeared at a variety of international film festivals, including Atlantic City Cinefest, Toronto Independent Film Festival, Mirror Mountain Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. She is a graduate of the Algonquin College Television Broadcasting and Documentary Production Programs, and holds two Bachelors degrees from Carleton University in Political Science and Criminology. Currently, she is working in Ottawa as a freelance Production Coordinator and Script Supervisor. [ Source: http://www.digi60.org/kristen-mcnaule-alumni-interview/ ]