Over 260 entries from over 30 countries from radio stations from around the world and we are in the top eleven in our category of ‘Social Issues’.
We entered this category rather than’History’ or ‘Arts and Entertainment’ because we believe the story we have told is a timeless one that is still relevant today 22 years after the war in Sarajevo and the story of Radio Zid has all but vanished from many people’s memories.
We are up againsts some very stiff competition including several entries from Australia’s own SBS and ABC.
Wish us luck – it will be a magnificent achievement for a small community radio station to gain a placing amongst this world field.
The winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be announced at the Gala Awards night in New York
Memories of Sarajevo: Rock under seige
A tribute to the incredible radio presenters who operated Radio Zid through the seige of Sarajevo until the end of the war.
“Amazing to hear this show in Australia. My friend, Aida, linked to this show on her FB post, and that is how I found about it. I was on editorial team on ZID from 93 to 96 (news editor), when I left for Australia (Melbourne). It was the worst and the best time in my life. Thank you for keeping this story alive – now I can send a link to my Oz friends to explain where I’m coming from. “ Dijana
Memories of Sarajevo: The Myths and the Legends
Amazing stories of art that was created and inspired by the Seige of Sarajevo both in the city and around the world.
Memories of Sarajevo: Singing a new Song.
Moving stories from Bosnian refugees in Australia and how being in ‘The Blue River’ choir has helped them cope with making a new life after the war.
Enormous Thanks to the following:
These documentaries would not have been possible without the co-operation and contribution from the many people whose stories feature here.
Grateful thanks to Sabina Krusevljanin for all your help, advice and input ( and acting! ) and also Rudy for the voiceovers.
Thank-you to Sladjana Hodzic and all the members of the Blue River Choir -Muniba, Nura. Mersica, Edina and Alma.
Thank-you to former members of Radio Zid – Aida Kalender, Bernard Samir, Remy Ourdan and all the bands whose music we featured from the CDs Rock under Seige, Rock Under Seige 2 , Arrival and Dertum.
Thank-you to Ken Naughton for the haunting piano soundtrack and Cye Wood and Parissa Bouas for their musical contributions.
Thank-you to Olivera Simic for her insights into post traumatic stress disorder in civilian survivors of conflict.
And lastly , an enormous thank-you to my co-producer William Martin from Bay FM 99.9 and co-researchers Deb Sharpe and Peter Wynn-Moylan , all of you so integral to the success and completion of this series.
The world should never underestimate the role that Art has to play in helping the human spirit endure the unbearable and to rise above it.
‘Memories of Sarajevo ‘ song video awarded ‘Special Mention’ at Flickerfest International film Festival – Byron Shorts ‘! Jan. 26th 2015.
Here it is! Make sure you expand it to fully appreciate the imagery.
This is the new arrangement I have written of the song that I originally sent to Radio Zid in 1998. Here the vocals are sung by Parissa Bouas , and extra piano and cello are by Ken Naughton and Cye Wood.
These images are press images taken during the siege and war.
The full documentary will be up on this site in two weeks plus the third and final doco in this series’ Singing a new Song.
We are thrilled to announce the first episode in the ‘Memories of Sarajevo’ trilogy is a finalist in the ” Excellence in Spoken word, News and Current Affairs’ category in the Community Broadcasting Network of Australia Awards.
The awards winners will be announced in November in Adelaide.
In the meantime we are hard at work completing episode two : ‘ The Myths and the Legends’ and episode three ‘Singing a New Song’.
A beautiful new arrangement of the original ‘Memories of Sarajevo’ song is nearing completion and will soon be posted on Soundcloud and available for download.
Track the creation of Bay FM 99.9 radio's latest documentary!