This year is the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and among commemorations worldwide, in Sarajevo, in present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, there have been numerous events marking the June 28, 1914 assassination there of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie — the spark that lit a fuse that set off the conflict one month later.

This year, too, the city's annual international theater and film festival — which started in 1960 as the Malih I Eksperimentalnih Scene Sarajevo (Small Experimental Scene Sarajevo) and is still known by the acronym MESS — used a 1914 Imperial design for its poster, which listed several works related to World War I.

Among the plays I managed to see during a three-day visit to the Oct. 3-12 festival was "This Grave is Too Small For Me," a thrilling piece that was written by Biljana Srbljanovic and directed by the festival's director, Dino Mustafic.