Tarik Hodzic

Scream for me Sarajevo!

2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina
95 min • English, Bosnian. English subtitles
Theme: Rokumentti selection
19.11.2017 | Time: 15.10 | Venue: Tapio 3 | BUY TICKET

An amazing story of how not even the horrors of war can restrain Bruce Dickinson’s majestic bellowing. 

In 1992 the Muslims and both the Greek and Roman Catholics lived in harmony in Sarajevo, when suddenly everything changed. Tranquil evening dinners were shattered by the sounds of gunfire. It was thought the uproar would only last for a moment, but what ensued was four years of nightmare. The siege of Sarajevo lasted for 1425 days, cost the lives of 12 000 people, and completely transformed the lives of the citizenry.

The people of Sarajevo strove to keep their lives as ordinary as possible under the sights of hidden snipers. In 1994, among the chaos of war and ethnic cleansing, two UN officials decided to bring a bit of positive spirit to the city: a performance by Bruce Dickinson himself within the besieged Sarajevo. The operation was doomed to fail.

Scream for Me Sarajevo, by Tarik Hodzic, is an impressive documentary about brave people, human plight and how music has the power to generate hope. The film depicts the horror and brutality of the siege, but is simultaneously a story of unflinching faith and hope amid an overpowering catastrophe.