Children of Sarajevo

Aida Begic

Oppressive movie about 23-year-old Muslim woman Rahima and her 14-year-old brother Nedim. They struggle to survive in strife-torn Sarajevo, after losing their parents in the Bosnian war. Bosnian entry for the 2013 Oscars.

Rahima (23) and Nedim (14) have been left orphans as a result of the Bosnian war. They live in Sarajevo, a city in transition, as part of a divided society that has gone morally astray. Rahima has to make a living by working long hours in the kitchen of a restaurant, while she attempts to prevent her teenage brother from going off the track. Things become even more complicated when Nedim smashes up an expensive telephone in a fight with the son of a local politician. Following this incident, Rahima gradually discovers that her brother is leading a double life. While the small family threatens to fall apart once again, Rahima draws hope from her faith. Yet in the post-war society with politicians and criminals lining their pockets and ordinary people slowly slipping into poverty, ‘safe havens’ are a remote prospect.

The movie Snow, directed by Aida Begic, was screened at the 2009 Movies that Matter Festival.


Aida Begic
Country of production
Bosnia and Herzegovina
90 minutes
Spoken language
Production company
Film House Sarajevo