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a documentary by Jean-Gabriel Périot

with Nedim Alikadić, Smail Kapetanović, Dino Mustafić, Nebojša Šerić-Shoba, Srđan Vuletić

The Siege of Sarajevo lasted from April 1992 to February 1996. Young men were called up to protect their city, a few of them chose to take along their cameras to face the violence they witnessed throughout those grueling 1,425 days.
Now, 30 years later, they show us their films and share their wartime filming experiences and thoughts on cinema as a means of survival and resistance.

PREMIERE MONDIALE au Festival de KARLOVY VARY 2023 - Special Screenings

IDFA - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam  - Signed section

Festival international de cinéma  La Rochelle
Sarajevo film festival
Rencontres cinema / Gindou
War on Screen / Châlons-en-Champagne
Rencontres du film des Résistances / Thônes
Rec-Froward / Nice

Born in France in 1974, Jean-Gabriel Périot has made many short films on the edge of documentary, experimental and fiction.
He has developed his own editing style that questions violence and history, based on film and photographic archives material. His films, including Dies Irae, Even If She Had Been a Criminal..., Nijuman no borei (200 000 Phantoms) and The Devil, have won awards at numerous festivals throughout the world.
His first feature film, A German Youth opened the Panorama section at the 2015 Berlinale, before being released on German, Swiss and French cinemas and honored with several awards. Summer Lights, his first feature-length fiction film, premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival. It was released in France in the summer of 2017 and Our Defeats, a feature-length documentary, was presented at the Forum of the 2019 Berlinale.
His latest feature film, Returning to Reims, a documentary adapted from Didier Eribon's book, and starring Adèle Haenel, was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and released in 2021.
The film won a César for Best Documentary in 2023.

With the suuport of Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée, Ciclic - Région Centre-Val de Loire, Région Provence - Alpes - Côte d’Azur, Région Ile-de-France, Brouillon d'un Rêve de la Scam, PROCIREP - Société des producteurs et ANGOA

Office Fédéral de la Culture of Culture - OFC, Cinéforom, la Loterie Romande.

in co-production with RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, Bettina Hofmann and Steven Artels

Selection at Pitching du réel, Festival Visions du réel 2021

Selection at Venice Gap-Financing Market 2021

Production: Alter Ego production (France)

En coproduction avec: Alina film (Suisse), 

Pravo Ljudski (Bosnie)

Réalisation: Jean-Gabriel Périot

Productrice: Cécile Lestrade

Coproducteurs: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney

Kumjana Novakova

Special advisor: Kumjana Novakova

Researcher: Emmanuelle Koenig

Historical advisor: Nicolas Möll

Historical consultant: Nejra Nuna Čengić 

Photography: Amine Berrada

Amel Djikoli, Denis Gravouil, Augustin Losserand

Sound: Henri Maïkoff

Live translation: Aida Spahić

Sound edit: Xavier Thibault

Sound mix: Laure Arto

Color Grading: Robin Erard

International Sales: The Party Films Sales

Distribution France: Météore Films

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