In 1994, the city of Sarajevo was in the midst of their longest siege of this capital city. During that same period, Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) was at the beginning of his own adventure, having recently separated from his long-time band, who he's fronted for over 12 years. The war in Sarajevo had such an impact on Dickinson that he became involved in a documentary about his visit to the city and his concert there during this wartime.
After completing the documentary in December 2015, it is now finally being released on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally, along with an accompanying soundtrack. The new film titled "Scream For Me Sarajevo" was created by Jasenko Pasic, who was just a boy at the time, as he examines the impact that Bruce Dickinson's 1994 concert in Sarajevo had on the youth of the nation of Bosnia.
The beginning of the film has a lot of subtitles as Bosnian music fans recollect that time period in their native language. The film interweaves actual news footage of the war with modern interviews from many involved in the Bosnian music industry. They explain how insane the devastation was on the streets of Sarajevo, during one of the most prolific art periods of the nation. Rebellion was happening in the streets, as well as in the theaters. Bruce doesn't make his appearance in the film until the 25-minute mark, then recollects his experience of performing the show during the war.
As the 90-minute film leads up to the show, fans and those involved with the show tell their recollects of the hurdles that they had to cross making it to the show. Finally, at the 70-minute mark, we see raw footage of the show, as Bruce Dickinson enjoyed the smaller stage and fed off the energy of the audience. Then, the film shows us the impact this show had on Bosnian fans as they watch footage of the show many years later. The documentary closes with Dickinson and members of his crew returning to the site 20 years later and seeing the positivity that has come after the devastation.
The soundtrack of the documentary is made up entirely of Dickinson's solo material, which includes a few rarities like a live version of "Inertia," as well as "Acoustic Song" and "Eternal." To find out more about the newly released documentary "Scream For Me Sarajevo," please visit screamformesarajevo.com.