Children of Sarajevo

Children of Sarajevo  {Djeca}
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Children of Sarajevo
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2012, 90 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: War, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Bosnian English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival; Best Actress, Sarajevo Film Festival

Set against the backdrop of a cold Balkan winter, with New Year’s fireworks recalling the sound of mortar fire, this tale of two orphaned siblings follows hardworking restaurant cook Rahima, 23, who struggles to make ends meet while looking after her juvenile-delinquent brother Nedim, 14. The lad is causing trouble in school, where he is scorned by some of his nouveau-riche classmates, and Rahima's got enough on her plate without social services breathing down her neck.

We observe the stark contrasts of postwar Sarajevo, where flashy new villas and fancy cars coexist with grinding poverty. Corruption and injustice have empowered violent thugs in many walks of life, 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 (PSIFF 2009), writer/director Aida Begic’s underlying theme is Bosnia’s lost moral compass as it remains trapped in a torturously slow transition from a state of war.

Winner: Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes; Best Actress, Sarajevo Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Aida Begic
Producer: Aida Begic
Editor: Miralem Zubcevic
Screenwriter: Aida Begic
Cinematographer: Erol Zubcevic
Principal Cast: Marija Pikic, Ismir Gagula, Nikola Duricko, Velibor Topic
Filmography: Snow (2008)
Print Source: Pyramide Films -

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