Director: Jasenko Pasic & Tarik Hodzic
If you’ve read Bruce Dickinson’s autobiography, published last year, you may well recall a lengthy piece on the concert he played in Sarajevo in 1994 with his band Skunkworks during his period of exile from Iron Maiden.
This DVD documents the background to and organisation of that event, although it strangely doesn’t include much in the way of performance footage from the show itself. The real story is that of the attendees at the gig, the UN aid workers and the British army major who initially put the idea forward. Their reminiscences, combined with those of Dickinson and his band, give some insight into the situation in that war torn city. It is a harrowing tale of their stories, combined with more humorous aspects as, for example, the band are forced to hitch a ride in a van belonging to aid workers, after the promised armoured helicopter fails to materialise due to the threat level being too high. This a a story where the perceived ‘stars’ take a back seat in the light of the daily struggles and efforts of the people on the ground in this brutal conflict.
A serious film with a poignant story of a small triumph in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Rockumentaries, Iron Maiden.