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Paulina - Born In Sarajevo

Written and directed by: Annette Mari Olsen and Katia Forbert Petersen

Several Awards

Director of photography: Katia Forbert Petersen

Producers: Annette Mari Olsen and Katia Forbert Petersen


Duration: 35 minutes

Produced by: Sfinx Film in co-production with TV2


Awarded Prix Europa

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Paulina born in Sarajevo is part of the documentary series You have to be Round to live in a Globe, which was awarded special commendation of Prix Europa about life in exile, migration, the subject of refugees and the culture clashes it entails.

In 1992 the Balkan Civil War started in the former Yugoslavia. A war, which is as remote to Paulina as it, is to any other Dane - but there is a difference all the same. Paulina was born and brought up in the Balkan city of Sarajevo; but after twenty-five years in Denmark she feels Danish.

When she arrived in Denmark there were lots of Yugoslav immigrants who had come here to find work; and like Paulina, they rapidly assimilated into the Danish society. After many years without thinking much of her home country, she suddenly becomes aware of the country of her childhood in the Former Yugoslavia. Paulina visits Flotel Europa, a ship anchored in the middle of Copenhagen, accommodating about 1000 people who have fled from the former Yugoslavia. It’s a devastating meeting, where Paulina experiences that the country she left many years ago no longer exists. The war and the horrors of hate make her reflect about being a stranger in at strange


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