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WELCOME TO SARAJEVO The story directed by Micahel Winterbottom is based on a true story follows Michael Henderson and his news team ITV to war-torn Sarajevo Its 1992 and the city has just seen its worst fighting as Bosnian Serbs try to derail the countrys new independence with artillery bombardment While there Henderson encounters Flynn a US TV journalist and Annie a freelance writer covering her first war Henderson and his new company eventually come across an orphanage near the front lines and are so saddened by the scene that they choose to make it front page news Hendersons involvement is so deep that he makes plans to take one of the children Emira back to England illegally with the help of an American aid worker Show Film Sequence I am going to talk briefly about the history of the Bosnian War to give you an understanding about this film Before its independence Bosnia-Herzegovina was one of the parts of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia At that time roughly four million people lived in Bosnia and consisted of three main ethnic groups Slavic Muslims forming 44 of the population Serbs 31 and Croats 17 Yugoslavia was first founded after World War I but disintegrated during World War II After the war Yugoslavia was remade as a Communist state and held together largely by the strength of its dictator Josip Broz Tito When Tito died in 1980 tensions between the three main ethnic groups quickly mounted throughout the early 1980s In1990 elections in Bosnia resulted in a governing group of three ethnically-based parties which corresponded to the three major ethnic groups Muslims and Croats in the governing body favored independence for Bosnia-Herzegovina while most Bosnian Serbs did not In a referendum over 63 percent of Bosnians voting chose independence In April 1992 Bosnia-Herzegovina was recognized as an independent state In the spring of 1992 after its offensive in Croatia had
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