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In 1993 Bill Carter was an aid-worker and documentary film maker living in Sarajevo, a city under siege from 18,000 Serbian troops firing artillery and mortar from the surrounding hills.  Even though it was cut off from the rest of the world Carter saw the city as a sign of hope in the Balkan war because 'Sarajevans refused to be divided along ethnic lines.'

It was when he met up with U2 on 1993's  ZOO TV Tour that a plan developed to show young people elsewhere in Europe what life was like in a besieged city on their continent. The result was regular satellite linkups  from Sarajevo into the ZOO TV shows, when people living under siege told their story to the world.
 
Bill went on to direct the documentary 'Miss Sarajevo' a portrait of the city during the height of the siege: 'an alternative scene of artists, young people and those determined to live as normal a life as they could under the most difficult and dangerous conditions.' Produced by Bono, the documentary won the International Monitor Award, Golden Hugo, and the Maverick Director Award (Newport Beach Film Festival).

You can order  a copy of the DVD here.

And see what Bill is up to in 2010 here.

Last year, ahead of the show in Zagreb, we  invited Bill to recall the story of his friendship with U2 and the story of the band's friendship with the people of the Balkans.

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05 December, 2010
POEM -BONO SARAJEVO
IM WALKING AROUND IN THIS DUSTY STREET TOWN,IM SEARCHING FOR YOU BUT UR NOT 2B FOUND THERE'S FIGHTING YOU SEE, THEYRE ALL RUNNING SCARED. WHAT HAPPENED TO PEACE THAT USED TO BE HERE? The town is ablaze, the fires so hot When you're stripped down to nothing, its all that you've got...etc There is more to this poem which I want to somehow give to BONO as he inspired my words...Im jst not sure how to pass it on. Will be at the concert soon :)
mariel875
13 November, 2010
ARGENTINA TE ESPERA
WE LOVE THEM...COME TO ARGENTINA..WE ARE WAITING!!!KISS!!
pascalevi
26 September, 2010
Here she comes in Paris!
Magnificent song in Paris,It seems as if Alma was here.....All my love for her and Bill,long life to Sarajevians!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23 September, 2010
Miss Sarajevo in Brussels
This was a mind-blowing performance ! What a voice - goosebumps all over - can't wait to have the DVD release of the Brussels show to hear it over and over again
agt
21 September, 2010
First live performance for me.
I was blown away by the performance of Miss Sarajevo watching it live at the Paris show on Saturday gone. Beautiful song, performed to perfection.
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