Bosnian Muslim student in Bosnia and Croatia during Bosnian War, 1992-1995; emigrated to US, 1995.
REEL 1: Aspects of period in Bosnia, 1971-1992: family background and childhood in Mostar; question of nationality; story of friendship with Serbian girl; studied English at Sarajevo University; opinion of lifestyle in Sarajevo; attitude of western countries to Bosnian Muslims; opinion of changes in Slovenia and Croatia; reaction to outbreak of Bosnian War, 1992; opinion of Radovan Karadice; academic background of war leaders; effect of war on studies in Sarajevo; story of being warned by fellow student to return home; problem of finding transport and increasing danger of situation.
REEL 2 Continues: story of experiencing first explosion; description of troops and tanks arriving; problem of identifying different military factions; description of shelling and conditions in shelter; problem of volatile political situation and emergence of nationalist parties; story of Muslims in Mostar being evacuated to east bank of river; story of being sent with sister to stay with relatives in Zagreb, 8/1993; reaction to leaving grandmother; story of parent’s experiences in Mostar, 1992-1994. Aspects of period in Zagreb, Croatia, 1993-1995: description of daily life; attitude of Croatian authorities and people to Bosnian Muslims; problem of students having to pay for own education.
REEL 3 Continues: relations with sister during period in Zagreb; story of Bosnian students organising support group for meetings and English lessons; attitude to Croatian authorities discriminating between Bosnian Muslims and non-Muslims; financial situation; problem of lack of resources and importance of mutual support; story of going to US with sister on Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) scheme, 1995; problem of obtaining scholarships and visas. Aspects of period in St. Louis, Missouri, US, 1995: first impressions of US on arrival in New York; story of reunion with parents; description of Bosnian community in St. Louis; comparison of differing attitudes to war between generations; adaptation to American lifestyle and educational system; comparison of educational standards in Bosnia and US.
REEL 4 Continues: further comments on educational standards; problem of cultural differences with parents; attitude to returning to Bosnia; story of parents looking after displaced Croatian girl; reflections on war in Bosnia; residential status and financial situation of parents; reason for not being allowed to work in US; opinion of Dayton Agreement, 1995; attitude to withdrawal of US forces from Bosnia; opinion of UN’s role in Bosnia; story about UN soldier in Sarajevo.