Last night we watched a very moving and tear-provoking, recently released documentary called Scream for me Sarajevo. It tells the extraordinary story of Bruce Dickinson and his band who, to fulfill an invitation by the UN forces, travel to the war-torn Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As Trevor Gibson summarises it on IMDb "In 1994 Sarajevo was a city under siege. Mortars and rocket-propelled grenades rained onto the city, killing indiscriminately, every day. Amongst the madness, two United Nations personnel: a British military officer and another Brit working for the UN Fire Department, decided it would be fun to persuade a global rock star, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, to come and play a gig to the population. Scream for Me Sarajevo brings that story, in all its madness, to the big screen. A story of musicians who risked their lives to play a gig to people who risked their lives to live them."
Follow the link to read "Rock 'n' Roll defends Sarajevo" a review by Zlatko Gall.
Watching this film recalled my memories of visiting Sarajevo in 2008, about 12 years after the Siege of Sarajevo had finally reached its end. The siege is one of the longest in modern warfare with its 3 years, 10 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. It was not far from us (because I lived in Hungary) and it was not that long ago for us to forget it in the news.. Wikipedia has a good summary on this topic (click here).
I travelled to Sarajevo in April 2008 which was a university field trip, so as you can imagine, it was very rushed but we had the chance to see many parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Mostar and Međugorje which are, besides Sarajevo, the most famous places in the Balkan country. After having watched the documentary, I am contemplating an extended visit to the Balkan region soon, but I also thought that I would share some of my photos that I took ten years ago. Do not be too harsh on me! It was a rushed-down trip so I could see only a small part of the city. And back then, I only had a poor quality photo camera, so my photos are not very exciting, but more than nothing. It was good to see a very lively city which had a fantastic atmosphere!
As one of my teachers said back then "The 20th century begins and finishes in Sarajevo".
All pictures of Sarajevo were taken by Laszlo Bokor (2008)