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Welcome to Sarajevo

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Original title
Welcome to Sarajevo
Running time
100 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Frank Cottrell Boyce (Book: Michael Nicholson)
Adrian Johnston
Daf Hobson
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Channel Four Films / Miramax Films / Dragon Pictures
Drama | Bosnian War. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
A startling examination of the Bosnian war of the mid-1990s and the role of journalists in covering it, this film was based on real-life journalist Michael Nicholson's book Natasha's Story. Like Nicholson, cynical journalist Henderson (Stephen Dillane) is one of the rat pack of reporters looking for gore in the streets of besieged Sarajevo. He is outraged when grandstanding reporter Flynn (Woody Harrelson) helps local citizens remove the corpse of a mother gunned down on a family outing. But the next day, Henderson is among the journalist vultures at a grisly scene, and he has to tell a little girl that both her parents were killed. When his story is demoted by his television network in favor of a celebrity puff piece, Henderson is angry. At the behest of his producer, Jane Carson (Kerry Fox), he visits a local orphanage. Henderson becomes deeply involved with the plight of the children and starts documenting their individual stories even as his employers express increasing disinterest. Henderson campaigns to get the kids out of Yugoslavia, with the help of an American aid worker, Nina (Marisa Tomei). He promises a girl named Emira (Emira Nusevic) that he'll take her back to his home in England. To make good on his vow, he must risk both his career and his life. He adopts the child and she is happy in England. But he must return to war-torn Sarajevo when her birth mother, who had abandoned her, demands her daughter back. (Michael Betzold: All Movie Guide)
1997: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or
1997: Chicago Film Festival: Best Film
1997: National Board of Review: Special Recognition
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