Welcome to Sarajevo

Michael Winterbottom

Being the first Western film shot in Sarajevo since the siege ended, only a few months after the Dayton peace agreement, 'Welcome to Sarajevo' is one of the most relevant films about the tragedy of the Bosnian people. It shows the story of the news-reporters' lives, in besieged Sarajevo. Combining real news footage from the war in Sarajevo (Bosnian television and ITN) with fiction, the misery of the war is portrayed. For the superficial news-watcher, this film comes as a shock. Was it really that bad? "Here was a war in Europe that took up five minutes of the news while one thought 'how terrible' before switching to a sitcom or a pop program", director Winterbottom remarks. The title actually refers to the graffiti 'Welcome to hell', written on a building in Sarajevo in the beginning of the war.

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Age rating
12
Director
Michael Winterbottom
Country
United Kingdom
Type
Fiction
Duration
100 minutes
Themes
family, journalism, media & propaganda, war & armed conflict
Year
1997