• Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

Scream for Me Sarajevo – Bruce Dickinson’s Concert in a War-Torn Nation!

Scream for Me Sarajevo is directed by Tarik Hodzic. The documentary features new interview/travel footage as well as archival footage from the events depicted in the film, and a soundtrack from Bruce Dickinson/Iron Maiden.

In the 90s, Sarajevo was under siege with war and violence escalating in the streets. The locals tried to go about living their lives under the circumstances, including rock and roll fans and musicians. Under risk of death in streets which became battlefields, Bruce Dickinson and his Skunkworks band traveled into the heart of the war zone to put on a concert for the locals, revitalizing their spirits in a time of danger and chaos.

The marketing for this film is somewhat misleading, as one would think it’s primarily about Bruce Dickinson’s experiences performing in Sarajevo, or a documentary about the concert his band and local musicians there put on. Scream for Me Sarajevo tries to reach further, giving the perspective of locals as to the chaos which erupted in their country. People viewing the film wanting a documentary strictly on the concert/Dickinson/etc. will be disappointed, but it actually does a solid job painting a picture of a war-torn nation populated by heavy metal fans trying to go about living their days with passion. Still, one wishes it had been longer and went into more detail about the history of the conflict.

 

 

The film deserves credit for its efforts in unearthing the conflict in Sarajevo through the eyes of the people who were there. We see how these sites look today as well as vintage video and photographs, as well as new interviews. Seeing how their home became a battleground for an unexpectedly long period of time makes for some intriguing viewing. It’s definitely enlightening to those who take their everyday working-class lifestyles for granted. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t delve deeply enough into the roots of this conflict, so many viewers will be wondering what started it/why it happened/etc.

It’s also a delight to hear from Dickinson and company, who agree to do this concert despite the lack of protection and war-torn atmosphere of the day. Despite the dangerous conditions Mr. Dickinson remains his usual humorous self about things. While I wish the film had focused more on the concert itself, getting to hear a famed rock vocalist open up about an experience like this is a priceless experience you won’t find elsewhere.

The Blu-ray Disc from Eagle Rock features solid video and audio quality, though picture quality obviously suffers in many of the shots of archival footage. Disappointingly, there are no bonus features/supplements on the disc. Much of the doc is told in the native language of the people interviewed, with subtitles translating these moments. A separate soundtrack CD is also being sold.

This is a flawed documentary which underemphasizes the concert itself and doesn’t tell us enough about the conflict in question, but it still succeeds in creating a snapshot of a bygone era in a war-torn atmosphere with gritty stories and the visuals to back them up. Scream for Me Sarajevo certainly comes recommended.

 

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By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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