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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


SCREENPLAY: Damir Sagolj, Danis Tanovic

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Damir Sagolj, Danis Tanovic

EDITING: Redzinald Simek

SOUND: Mirza Tahirovic

Friday 22.4. / 17:00h / ZAAL 4

Special Guests: Filmmakers Ismar Vejzovic, Samir Ljuma


Sarajevo Film Festival, 2021 | IDFA, 2021