'Defiance and resistance...'

11 Apr 2024

'Defiance and resistance...'

Kiss The Future, which made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and opened the Tribeca Festival in 2023, will premiere exclusively on Paramount+  in the U.S. and Canada on May 7th

The documentary, featuring interviews with Bono, Edge and Adam as well as Christine Amanpour and Bill Clinton tells a story of defiance amid the 1990s' siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. 

It focusses on a vibrant, underground community that used art and music to affect change; a community that garnered global attention by ultimately inspiring an American aid worker, Bill Carter, to reach out to U2 to help raise awareness of the conflict. 

The story follows the band's promise to perform a post-war concert, which came to fruition when they played to 45,000 local fans in a liberated city, a show that lives on as a joyous collective memory for the people of Sarajevo.

The film, says Edge, 'documents how through superhuman acts of courage and creativity, the people of Sarajevo kept going while their city was under siege during the bloody Balkan civil war of the early 1990s.

'Their story of defiance and resistance against extreme nationalism couldn't be more relevant to today. To have been even a small part of this amazing story is a huge privilege.'

Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for Artists Equity and Sarah Anthony, the film is directed by Nenad Cicin-Sain and written by Bill S. Carter and Cicin-Sain, based on Carter's memoir Fools Rush In.
"Even in the darkest of times, the people of Sarajevo were able to find purpose through playing music, making art and helping others. They didn't just survive – they thrived," said Cicin-Sain.

"The powerful message of peace is as relevant and important today as it was in September 1997 when Bill Carter and Sarajevan community leaders brought U2 to post-war Sarajevo," said Damon.

KISS THE FUTURE is directed by Nenad Cicin-Sain and written by Cicin-Sain and Bill S. Carter. Producers are Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for Artists Equity and Sarah Anthony. The film is executive produced by Drew Vinton, Alan Moloney, Jennifer Pitcher, Madison Ainsley, Nenad Cicin-Sain and Bill Carter. The creative team includes editor Eric Bruton, sound designer Samir Foco and sound mixer Ron Bartlett. The score is composed by Howie B.

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