Sarajevo Remembered

Twenty years after the Siege of Sarajevo began, Carol Off returned to remember.

The week of April 2nd marks twenty years since Bosnian Serbs began their assault on Sarajevo. Scores of journalists covered the war. Among them, our Carol Off. She has just returned from Bosnia and this evening. We posted all the audio from our week of special here.

 

SEGMENT 4: CITY OF LIGHT

COL1.jpgPART 1. Filmmaker Aida Begic's film called "Snow" won a grand prize at the film festival in Cannes, and established Ms. Begic as one of the leading young filmmakers in Europe.

Today, Ms. Begic struggles to get funding. Yet, she believes that telling the stories of the Bosnian people may be the one way to reunite them.

             

 

 

COL2.jpgPART 2. Even in its darkest moments, Sarajevo was a city of light.

Artists, poets, playwrights and filmmakers kept the spirit of the place alive. Ballerinas dodged bullets to make it to dance classes. Performers and spectators risked their lives to arrive at a venue for a play or concert, amid the ruins.          

Now, in peacetime, arts and culture face new, and perhaps even more difficult, challenges


 

 

SEGMENT 3: Who Killed Sarajevo

Thumbnail image for WKS1.jpgIn 1995, the Dayton Peace Accord finally ended the Bosnian war. But it also split the country, providing a territory for Serbs and another for Muslims and Croats. By everyone's account,  the country simply doesn't function today.
But, did it have to turn out this way? Was there nothing the outside world could have done to stop the war, and to protect Bosnia's ethnic minorities?
Who killed Saraejvo? 
In Segment 3 of Sarajevo Remembered, Carol looks at how Bosnia's nationhood was lost.

 

 

SEGMENT 2: Word on the Street 

Thumbnail image for Sarajevo1.jpgImagine waking tomorrow to the sound of explosions. Outside you see tanks taking position around your neighbourhood. You make it to work, thinking it's safer with others. But bullets come whizzing through the windows. The phones don't work. The electricity is cut. Where are your children? Your parents? Who will protect you? It's your own army firing on you. There's no way out. For the next four years. That was the experience of those who endured the siege of Sarajevo. They had little to work with, but one lifeline made a world of difference. A Sarajevo daily newspaper called Oslobedjenje. It never missed a single publication during the war. In the second installment of our series, Sarajevo Remembered, we bring you the story of journalist Gordana Knezevic. Here's Carol with Word on the Street.

 

SEGMENT 1: City of Roses

1 sarajevo.jpgThis week marks twenty years since Bosnian Serbs began their assault on Sarajevo. Scores of journalists covered the war. Among them, our Carol Off. She has just returned from Bosnia and this evening, we begin a week of special coverage -- Sarajevo Remembered. Tonight, As It Happens looks at daily life in the City of Roses