Miss Sarajevo – gripping story about ethnic war in Yugoslavia

Lee Heidhues 1.28.2023

Tonight I pulled out one my first CDs. Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 (1995)

The most haunting piece is “Miss Sarajevo.” The song is composed by U2 leader Bono. Luciano Pavorotti is the tenor voice in this memorable composition from the movie of the same name.

The liner notes in the CD read:

“Bill Carter’s award winning documentary “Miss Sarajevo” chronicles one of the more bizarre events of the war in former Yugoslavia – when several artists mounted an elaborate beauty contest under mortar fire. The camera follows the organizers through the tunnels and cellars of the the city, giving a unique insight into life during a modern war, where civilians are the targets. The film captures the dark humor of the besieged Sarajevans, their stubborn refusal to be demoralized, and suggests that surrealism and dadaism are the appropriate responses to fanaticism.”


Miss Sarajevo wins the contest under fire
Welcome to (war torn) Sarajevo
Under fire in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia