In the Shadow of War

In the Shadow of War tells the compelling stories of four young people as they struggle to survive a war that ended 20 years ago.



Directed by

Georgia Scott and Sophia Scott

Produced by

Maja Hadziomerovic, Georgia Scott and Sophia Scott

3 Generations is thrilled to be partnering with the producers and directors of In The Shadow Of War in order to help shed light on the psychological impacts of the Bosnian genocide on youth today.

IN THE SHADOW OF WAR will take you on a cinematic journey through the hopes, dreams and fears of a new generation who find themselves living with the ongoing effects of a war that ended before most of them were even born. The film captures the energetic spirit of Bosnia and Herzegovina but also bears witness to the legacy of a brutal conflict.

The film tells four very different stories of trauma, survival and, on occasion, triumph over adversity. Ante, Ilija, Magdalena and Elvis are inspirational young people whose powerful and emotional lives illustrate the continuing effects of war. These four teenagers, like thousands of other children born at the end of the war in Bosnia, have grown up in orphanages or live with parents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The film follows them grappling with being alone, coming to terms with how they were conceived or their parents role in the war, attempting to rebuild broken relationships and healing mental and physical scars.

We see the reunion of Ante and his war criminal father in a maximum-security prison in northern Sweden. We follow Magdalena as she finds the strength to leave her abusive father. We witness an encounter between Ilija and his mother, who 20 years ago abandoned him. We feel the turmoil of Elvis as he struggles to deal with the death of both his parents and now finds himself abandoned by the state.

Through the personal journeys of Ante, Ilija, Magdalena and Elvis, this film reveals a universal story about the lasting trauma of war and its ongoing consequences, not just for those directly involved in conflict but for their children. As these four young people struggle to escape their past, IN THE SHADOW OF WAR asks what can and must be done to support young people in the future, to break the cycle of trauma, violence and destruction.


Nominated for First Appearance Award – IDFA 2014
Nominated for Oxfam Global Justice Award – IDFA 2014
Nominated for Special Jury Award – Sheffield Doc Fest 2014
Nominated for Best UK Film Award – Open City Doc Fest 2014


Produced by:Maja Hadziomerovic
Georgia Scott
Sophia Scott
Executive Producers:Christopher Hird
Peter Muffett
Richard Parry
Co-Executive Producers:Derek Humphries
Helen Patton
Directed by:Georgia Scott
Sophia Scott
Written by:Georgia Scott
Music by:Leonardo Saric
Nedim Zlatar
Cinematography by:Sophia Scott
Edited by:John Mister
Christine Pancott
Georgia Scott
Sound by:Matt Cheney

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