Mirza Redzic

Made in War (Boomed in Peace): The Sarajevo Film Festival

Poster of the Sarajevo film festival “Beyond the End of the world”

Poster of the Sarajevo film festival “Beyond the End of the world”

As the 20th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) opened its doors on 15 August 2014, we are featuring an essay by scholar and historian Mirza Redzic retracing the history of the festival. 

Why are you holding a film festival in the middle of a war?
— International Press Correspondent from besieged Sarajevo (1993)
Why are they holding a war in the middle of a film festival?
— Haris Pašović, Director of the Sarajevo film festival “Beyond the End of the World"
From 1992 to 1995, through a period of roughly forty-six months, the city was under a mediaeval-style siege, exposed to heavy enemy shelling and sniping, which resulted in significant human casualties and caused severe destruction of cultural heritage. There was no running water, and gas, fuel and electricity along with food provisions were extremely scarce. In such an appalling context, the Sarajevo Film Festival was established as a genuine “child of war.
— in "Made in War (Boomed in Peace): The Sarajevo Film Festival

Mirza Redzic (1976) is a scholar and historian from Sarajevo.