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    • New Talents Open Call
      Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF) began in The Netherlands in 2008 with the idea to offer Dutch and international audiences a unique glimpse into the cinema of their neighbors from Eastern and Southern Europe. This annual event presents the most recent, exciting, and thought‐provoking films, from countries with small, but often powerful film industries, that… Read more: New Talents Open Call
    • ENFF 2023 On Demand!
      Unable To attend the festival in person? No problem! From November 27th to December 3rd, we’re thrilled to bring you a curated selection of this year’s films available for online viewing! Catch our captivating Opening Film Ivan’s Land, or the touching Closing Film Seventh Heaven. Or explore a collection of shorts from the New Talents Competition! Follow along… Read more: ENFF 2023 On Demand!
    • What’s up in Slovak Cinema? A conversation with Monika Lostakova
      We talked with Monika Lošťáková about contemporary Slovak cinema.
    • ENFF and the Eastern European Film Festival Network!
      The Eastern European Film Festival Network brings together five film festivals dedicated to promoting and showcasing Eastern European cinema, alongside one partner organisation.
    • Masterclasses
      Through these masterclasses we approach two memory in film from different angles: memories from a personal or collective recollection through archive material.
    • Work in Progress
      In Work in Progress, emerging filmmakers and artists will present their works in development to the audience and engage in discussions with Dutch experts.
    • Festival Timetable Available!
    • Check out the catalogue for our 2023 edition!
    • Music at ENFF
      Every year, ENFF brings special musical guests who bring beauty to the program and further represent the rich cultures of their countries to a Dutch audience.
    • Film Marathon
      Join us for the Film Marathon, a new concept in which we merge two components, Short Films, Big Stories, and New Talents Competition into a whole-day screening of short films!

When We Were Them

Two Bosnians, Oscar winning director Danis Tanovic and Pulitzer Prize receiver photojournalist Damir Sagolj have just finished this short, compelling film that calls for urgency and action. In “When We Were Them” they depict the horrible reality of migrants stuck in Bosnia on their way to western Europe.

Surrounded by minefields and destruction from the Bosnian war and not considered welcome by anyone, thousands of migrants are still stranded in the northern part of the country that was once torn apart by war. The lack of food, clothes, firewood and communication are problems, but nothing compared to the serious violation of basic human rights these migrants are subjected to on a daily basis. Directors Danis Tanovic and Damir Sagolj show the brutality and inhumanity of the everlasting story of people “on the move”, seeking a better life in the EU. They raise the question: do we remember “when we were them”?


Bosnia and Herzegovina | 2021 | 15 min

DIRECTOR: Danis Tanovic, Damir Sagolj


SCREENPLAY: Damir Sagolj, Danis Tanovic

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Damir Sagolj, Danis Tanovic

EDITING: Redzinald Simek

SOUND: Mirza Tahirovic

Friday 22.4. / 17:00h / Zaal 4


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