TFL Films & Series

Children of Sarajevo

Siblings Rahima and Nedim are Bosnian war orphans, struggling to survive in this transitional society.

FeatureLab 2010
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Title: Children of Sarajevo
Year: 2012
Directed by: Aida Begić
Premiere & awards: Cannes International Film Festival 2012, Un Certain Regard, Special Distinction of the Jury
Produced by: Film House Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina
In co-production with: Rohfilm - Germany, Les Films de l’Après-Midi - France, Kaplan Film - Turkey,
Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Türkiye


Rahima (23) and Nedim (14) are orphans of the Bosnian war. They live in Sarajevo, a transitional society that has lost its moral compass, including in the way it treats children of the people who were killed fighting for the freedom of their city. After crime-prone adolescent years, Rahima has found comfort in Islam and she hopes her brother will follow in her footsteps. Their life of bare survival becomes even more difficult after Nedim gets into a fistfight with the son of a local strongman and breaks his expensive mobile phone. This incident triggers a chain of events leading Rahima to the discovery that her brother leads a double life.

TFL Project:

Title: Djeca / Children of Sarajevo

TFL Awards: TFL Production Award (€ 100,000)

Discover more details here:
TFL Catalogue 2010

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