Nenad Bach was a rock star in Croatia, in 1984 he made the decision to expatriate in order to follow his dream of finding a U.S. market for his music. Everything is Forever, delves deep into the soul of an artist, who has some unfinished business.
"What do you think of your dad's music" "In my opinion I think it's good," Ivo Bach replies. It's my opinion too. Nenad Bach's music is the heartbeat of a man who came to America for freedom, who appreciates and who loves freedom. His music is the heartbeat of a man who loves America and who at the same time loves his native land. Nenad Bach's music is ancient and modern and purely Nenad. In the movie we have a glimpse of the struggles and successes of a master musician. "The rats ate your album, in a warehouse, in Belgrade," tells part of the story. You will see into a world like nothing you've known or seen before. Like the Croatian sailors who first brought Croatian music to America, you see Nenad bringing CDs in his luggage. As you watch the movie, you realize you are watching a man who can grieve the wrongs done against Croats and Bosnians without hatred against those who are guilty. He is a man who seeks peace and freedom for everyone everywhere. He says "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." Believe me, by the end of the movie you will share his dream forever, because "Everything is Forever."
This is a very moving and inspirational film. It tells the story of someone who lives for his art and also wants people to remember the Croatian Holocaust--Serbian War of the 80's. The music is so beautiful. Once I started watching this film I could not turn it off even though I had other commitments. It is an independent film clearly made for its message not necessarily for its technical brilliance. The message carries it which is an important statement for all filmmakers. I recommend this film be viewed by all aspiring filmmakers to understand the concept of the importance of the content vs flashy and gimmicky cinematography and editing techniques. Many films today seem to be made by people who would have ADHD-hyperactivity. They rush you through scenes and the viewer never has a chance to "catch his breath' and enjoy some beautiful cinematography, music or the message. . This film reminds us that filmmaking is above all else-- art! Bravo to all who made this film!
Filmmakers Vic Zimet & Stephanie Silber are clearly smitten by Croatian music star Nenad Bach, & followed him for 15 years, including his emigration to the USA seeking a wider audience. An outspoken anti-war activist, it seems Bach also sought artistic freedom for his expressions. Bach recorded "klapa" music for the first time, the a cappella singing from Croatian villages, and in this regard he is like an Alan Lomax - recording & preserving musical treasure. He is an indefatigable character, who will let nothing stop him. Some of the documentary's greatest scenes are performances by Bach & the klapa singers in Croatia & in USA - where he brought them to perform for the first time. The hypnotic & beautiful music performed by Ante Raos, Ante Versic, Predrag Krecar, Boris Mohoric & others is deeply moving. A concert in 2012 in Zagreb features the great singer Radojka Sverko. Here, Nenad performs his new song "Vukovar" a tribute to the hundreds massacred during Milosevic's invasion in July, 1991. Nobody was ever brought to justice for this & other crimes, which is why Bach says he must keep singing.
Nenad is captivating and inspiring. What a story he tells, and he does so in a style all his own. His perspective is fascinating, and his knowledge of Croatia and musical ability combine to tell a story that will enrich your soul.
I met Nenad Bach in an airport many years ago. I was first intrigued by his hat and the way he seemed to be soaking everything in around him. I ended up keeping in touch with him for a few years after that first encounter because of his undeniable passion and dedication to his art and message...all which come across in this snapshot of his life and music.
A beautifully done documentary about a great musician and a peace loving soul. Such a moving and captivating story. I have the honor in meeting Mr. Nenad Bach in 2008 while helping in an interview shoot. I treasured the experience in meeting a very talented, gracious and generous man.