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Children of Sarajevo


Bosnia-Herzegovina | 2012 | 90 minutes | Aida Begic

A determined young girl struggles to keep her younger brother on the right side of the tracks and out of the hands of social services (and the police) in this heart-wrenching drama set against the war-scarred landscape of Sarajevo.

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Set against the backdrop of a cold Balkan winter, this tale of two orphaned siblings follows hardworking 23-year-old restaurant cook, Rahima, who struggles to make ends meet while looking after her juvenile-delinquent younger brother, Nedim. Nedim is causing trouble in school, where he is scorned by some of his nouveau-riche classmates, and Rahima has enough on her plate without social services breathing down her neck. The orphaned siblings serve as a metaphor for universal struggles in the war-damaged Bosnian society, illuminating the stark contrasts of postwar Sarajevo, where flashy new villas and fancy cars coexist with grinding poverty. In a place where the New Year's fireworks recall the sound of mortar fire, corruption and injustice are common features of the postwar society, and the government's privatization schemes line the pockets of politicians and criminals at the expense of the needy. In her ambitious follow-up to Snow (SIFF 2009), writer and director Aida Begić tackles Bosnia's wavering moral compass, and the country's torturously slow transition after a state of war.

Director Biography
Aida Begic was born in Sarajevo in 1976. Her debut feature film Snow won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Aida Begic currently teaches directing at The Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and has helmed numerous documentaries, commercials, videos, and promotional films.

Director: Aida Begic
Principal Cast: Marija Pikic, Ismir Gagula, Nikola Duricko, Velibor Topic
Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Aida Begic
Screenplay: Aida Begic
Cinematographers: Erol Zubcevic
Editors: Miralem Zubcevic
Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (Un Certain Regard: Special Distinction of the Jury); Official Oscar Submission 2012 (Foreign Language Film); Sarajevo Film Festival 2012 (Cineuropa Prize, Best Actress); Bruxelles Mediterranean Film Festival 2012 (Special Jury Prize); Pesaro International Film Festival 2012 (Best Film, Amnesty International Award, Young Jury Prize)
Filmography: Snow (2008)
Language: Bosnian
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Pyramide International
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