Finding Family Documentary

Oggi Tomic Film

In June 2012 I travelled to Sarajevo to start an upcoming documentary ”Finding Family” (working title) with fellow filmmaker and a good friend,  Chris Leslie who in 1997 set up and ran photography projects for kids in the local orphanage. The project ran for 4 years as he returned every summer for 3 or 4 months to replenish the project and run classes. 

Capturing one orphan’s extraordinary journey as he heads back to Bosnia 20 years on from the snipers and shelling in search of answers from his long lost family.

Born with water on the brain, abandoned at birth and given just months to live, Serbian born, he did not get the best start in life. Twenty seven years on however against the odds and through the kindness of strangers, he is alive and well and living happily married in the UK. After a childhood plagued by near starvation, shelling and continuous suffering it seems like everything is finally falling into place until one day he receives a phone call. His long lost family have tracked him down.

It’s the moment every orphan waits their entire life for. There’s just one thing. He was born a Serb but brought up a Bosnian and it turns out the family he has waited his entire life to hear from are in fact his natural born enemies, Serbs – the same ‘Men in the Hills’ who shelled and sniped at him during the 1300 day siege that began 20 years ago. His uncle, four sisters and entire extended family are keen to reconcile and make up for lost time however his mother still won’t mention his name or even acknowledge his existence…

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    • UNPROFOR Officer - Jonathan Evans

      Sarajevo was ethnicly cleansed by “Bosnians” (Radical Muslims) of Christians (Serbs and to lesser degree Croats), who sought refuge in the nearby hills to survive. He was a child that instead of being cut-throated like any other christian child, in that time and place, was instead let alive and raised like a “Bosnian”, namely a Serb and a Christian hater. Nonetheless a great twist in the movie, got to get my pop-corn.

      August 18, 2013
    • Moska

      Oggi! Svaka cast! Film je predivan, tvoja prica je predivna! Puno uspjeha jos dalje u zivotu. Gledali smo te u Sarajevu! pozz iz slovenije

      August 22, 2013
    • Zeljko

      Ogi-film me je iskreno odusevio,originalna zivotna prica bez imalo friziranja ili nadodavanja-cista realnost-bez obzira na odluke zirija Sarajevo film festivala-osvojio si srce SVIH sarajlija koji su pogledali tvoj dokumentarni film.Molim te da mi na moj e-mail posaljes link na kojem bih mogao jos jednom pogledati film zajedno sa svojom suprugom a i da ga proslijedim Maji da ga i ona pogleda-samo da bude titlovan na nas jezik.Srdacan pozdrav i mnogo uspjeha i priznanja u narednom radu i stvaranju ti od srca zelim.

      August 30, 2013

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