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22nd August 2016

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Producer Adnan Ćuhara, creator Jasenko Pašić and director Tarik Hodžić receiving the Best Documentary Award
Photo: Nedim Grabovica/

Scream For Me Sarajevo, the documentary film about when Bruce Dickinson and his Skunkworks band played in war-torn Sarajevo, last night scooped the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Films, the Human Rights Award and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film after it premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival last week.

The film tells the story of the music scene in Sarajevo during the four year siege in the midst of the Bosnian War and of Bruce's gig in the besieged city in December 1994. The story is told with footage of the war and the gig itself and recent interviews with Bruce and his bandmates Chris Dale and Alex Elena as well as UN officers who arranged the show and many of the Bosnian fans who attended the concert.

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It is more than just a rockumentary, it delves deeper into the experiences of the average Bosnian rock fan living under the siege and how the concert changed the lives of all those involved.

Nedim Ajanović described the film after its premiere as: "A must see documentary! I was barraged with emotions: goosebumps, tears, laughter, pride, sadness, joy, more laughter and beyond, all wrapped into one!"

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Roland Hyams and Bruce Dickinson, Bosnia 1994
Photo: Alex Elena

The documentary was inspired by Chris Dale's Scream For Me Sarajevo articles on MetalTalk in 2012 and the first screening of the film sold out in under an hour and a second showing sold out in similar time.

You can read Chris' enthralling account of events in Scream For Me Sarajevo Pt 1 right here, Scream For Me Sarajevo Pt 2 here and Scream For Me Sarajevo Pt 3 here.

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The audience surveyed at the first screening rated the film 4.98 out of a total of 5.00, a clear winning margin for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film while Al Jazeera awarded Scream For Me Sarajevo the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Films out of twenty two entrants and another international team of judges gave it the Human Rights Award.

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Drummer Alex Elena and former UN Security Trevor Gibson being interviewed for CNN at Sarajevo Film Festival
Photo: CNN

Scream For Me Sarajevo will be shown at further film festivals this year and will be on public release in 2017. MetalTalk will keep you updated.

Sarajevo Film Festival Final Report
Report from
Interview with Alex Alena and Trevor Gibson by n1info.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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