Children of Sarajevo
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Festival in Media
Section: International Competition
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina / Germany / France / Turkey
Year: 2012
90 min, colour

Director: Aida Begic Screenplay: Aida Begic Cinematography: Erol Zubcevic Production Design: Sanda Popovac Costumes: Sanja Dzeba Editing: Miralem Zubcevic Sound: Igor Camo Producer: Aida Begic Cast: Marija Pikic, Ismir Gagula, Bojan Navojec


Ghosts of the past loom large in Sarajevo, where the transition from wartime to reconstruction remains incomplete, and corruption and violence thrive. Against this backdrop, 23-year-old Rahima works long hours in a restaurant to support herself and her 14-year-old brother, both orphans of the war. After a crime-prone adolescence, Rahima has found strength and solace in the Muslim faith, and only hopes her brother will do the same. Instead, she discovers his dangerously close link to criminal activities.


Filmhouse Sarajevo
Les Films De L'Apres-midi
Kaplan Film

World sales:
Pyramide International




Aida Begic

Born in 1976 in Sarajevo, where she attended the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. Her debut feature film SNOW (2008) won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival’s Critics Week and numerous awards at festivals worldwide. SNOW was nominated for a European Academy Award – Discovery Section.  CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO (2012) was awarded Un Certain Regard Special Distinction in Cannes in 2012.



2012 Children of Sarajevo
2011 Do Not Forget Me Istanbul
2008 Snow
2003 North Went Mad (short)
2001 Prvo smrtno iskustvo (short)