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Wounded Gold
A Documentary by Mustafa Hadziibrahimovic
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LOCKLINEThey lost their legs during the Bosnian War, and are leading European, World, and vice-Olympic champions in sitting volleyball. What is their struggle?

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The documentary ‘Wounded Gold’ is about trial and error. Getting wounded during a war, losing a leg, recovering, playing sitting volleyball and finally becoming European, World and Olympic champion with the national team! This is the story of the national sitting volleyball team of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Most Bosnian sitting volleyball players were severely injured during the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995 by a mortar or landmine. Some of them were only children at the time. After such a traumatic experience it is difficult to live a normal life again. They had to give up many dreams, but for those who started to play volleyball at top level and who dreamed of becoming champion one day, their dream came true.

During the Bosnian war more than 100.000 people were killed. Many civilians were brutally murdered. Twice as many were seriously injured. The country was not able to take good care of the over 200.000 injured after the war ended. There were hardly any proper health facilities for those who were disabled.

For many wounded men and youngsters, sitting volleyball offered an opportunity to get out of their isolation, be involved in sports and finally regain a place in society. They were able to acquire a job and started to rebuild their lives in post-war Bosnia thanks to their top performances.

The documentary wants to show the fighting spirit of the sportsmen of the national sitting volleyball team of Bosnia. Who are they? What motivates them? How do they live in a country with hardly any facilities for people with physical disabilities and with so many people suffering from post-traumatic stress as well? We have already followed the team during their victory at the European championship in Rotterdam in 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohwcR50H82w (they have been European champion since 1999).

We would like to show their daily lives in Bosnia. Are they the new heroes with their trophies or is  recognition the last thing they expect? Are their victories a compensation for the suffering during the war, for both them and the rest of the country? What meaning does sitting volleyball have for the players and their families in their daily lives? Do they still have dreams after having gained so much success in sports?

The film will focus on four personal stories of players who were children when they got wounded during the war. ‘Wounded Gold’ aims to cover the volleyball team similar to a sports coverage. We want to share the passion and motivation of the team with the viewers so that one can feel that sitting volleyball is not just a sport for the national team of Bosnia.     

‘Wounded Gold’ is about visible and less visible injuries, about facing limitations in life, but never giving up. This film is about reconciliation and overcoming traumas through sports and friendship.      
 

Ranjeno Zlato

Srz dokumentarca ‘Ranjeno Zlato’ je pad i uspon. Biti ranjen u ratu, izgubiti nogu, revalidacija, poceti igrati sjedecu odbojku i onda sa drzavnim timom osvojiti Evropsku, Svjetsku i Olimpijsku tutulu. To je prica u kratkim crtama drzavne reprezentacije Bosne i Hercegovine u sjedecoj odbojci.

Vecina igraca je za vrijeme rata u Bosni i Hercegovini od 1992e do 1995e godine tesko ranjena od granate ili mine. Neki od igraca su tada bili jos djeca. Poslije jednog takvog traumatskog iskustva morali su ponovo da organiziraju svoj zivot. Ranjeni u ratu su, ne svojom voljom, od mnogih snova morali odustati, ali za one koji su poceli igrati sjedecu odbojku na top nivou je san da jednog dana postanu sampioni postala stvarnost.

Za vrijeme rata u Bosni i Hercegovini je vise od 100.000 ljudi smrtno stradalo, puno civila je na brutalan nacin ubijeno. Skoro dva puta vise ljudi je lakse ili teze ranjeno. Zemlja poslije rata nije bila u stanju da da adekvatnu njegu vise od 200.000 ranjenih ljudi. Nije bilo dovoljno ni sredstava ni njege za one koji su se poslije rata borili sa invaliditetom.

Za mnoge ranjene djecake i muskarce je sjedece odbojka bila izlaz da se oslobode izolacije, da se bave sportom i da ponovo nadju svoje mjesto u drustvu. Puno igrace sjedece odbojke su zahvaljujuci svojim vrhunskim prestacijama nasli posao i mogli da stvore sebi egzistenciju u postkonfliktnoj zemlji. Za njih je sjedeca odbojka vise od sporta.

U nasem dokumentarnom filmu zelimo prikazati borbu i zelju za uspjehom igraca bosanske reprezentacije u sjedecoj odbojci. Ko su oni, sta je njihova motivacija, kako je zivjetu u zemlju koja jos uvijek nudi nedovoljno uslova za one koji se zive sa invaliditetom i gdje se skoro cijelo drustvo bori sa post traumatskim stresom? Mi smo igrace bosanskog tima pratili za vrijeme osvajanje titule na evropskom prvenstvu u Rotterdamu 2011e. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohwcR50H82w. Oni su od 1999e neprekidno evropski prvaci Evrope u sjedecoj odbojci.

Sada ih zelimo snimati u Bosni i Hercegovini i njihov svakodnevni zivot prikazati. Da li su oni novi heroji zemlje sa svojim osvojenim trofejima ili jos cekaju na priznanje zemlje i gradjana? Da li su osvojena prvenstva jedna vrsta kompezacije za ratnu bol, kako za igrace tako za cijelu zemlju? Sta znaci sjedeca odbojka za igrace u njihovom svakodnevnom zivotu i za njihve bliznje? Da li jos imaju neostvarene snove, kako u privatnom zivoti tako i na sportskom terenu, iako su u sjedecoj odbojci osvojili skoro sve sto se moze osvojiti?

Mi zelimo filmski prikazati tri do cetiri ljudske price. Fokus filma su igraci nacionalnog tima koji su bili djeca prilikom ranjavanja tokom i poslije rata.

Ovaj dokumentarni film zelimo snimiti na jedan intiman nacin blizak snimanju sportskih reportaza. Zelimo sportsku strast i predanost igri filmski prenjeti na gledaoce. Zelimo prenjeti jasno i sensibilno da je sjedeca odbojka za igrace drzavnog tima Bosne i Hercegovine vise od sporta.

‘Ranjeno Zlato’ je film o ranjavanju, a neke rane nisu vidljive, o uspjesnom zivotu pored svih fizickih i psihickih teskoca. O pobjedama trauma i izdizanju van svojih mogucnosti. O ratu i miru, o sportu i uspjesima, o bolesti i prijateljstvu.

                                                                                                                                                                                         

Quote that inspired the maker

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
John Lennon
This project was successfully funded on 10-01-2017