Chicago bureau chief James L. Graff covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia for TIME from 1991 to 1995. His reaction to the film:

When Miro and Nives, two battle-hardened Sarajevan refugees, joined me for a screening of Welcome to Sarajevo, we all expected to engage in a fair share of sarcastic rib nudging and eye rolling. How could any film capture what I felt in the summer of 1994, for instance, when I watched antiaircraft rounds pierce a tram like a sardine can, and then rushed to Kosevo Hospital to interview the wounded--including a man who had not yet realized...

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