Bosna ! (1994)




Bernard-Henri Lévy’s cri-de-coeur about the carnage in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war of 1992–95 sought to call attention to the terrible conflict in the hopes of ending it. The documentary is divided into five parts, each covering a distinct time frame, beginning with the outbreak of the war in April 1992. The film depicts the genocide suffered by the Bosnians, the silence of Western countries, and the determination of the Bosnians to resist. The film was featured at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director: Bernard-Henri Levy, Alain Ferrari

Runtime: 117 minutes

Bosnia/France 1994


“Bosna!” doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is, an inflammatory, highly partisan cry for help. Let it not be said, Mr. Levy pleads in the film’s final words, that “Europe died at Sarajevo.”

The New York Times


This two-hour essay-reportage goes behind Bosnian lines to show horrors and hear testimonies that will never reach the TV news; it makes incisive use of archive footage to back up its argument. (…) Bosna! is cultured, humane and carefully reasoned – but above all angry.
Time Out

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