November 1992

Amila Glamocak

‘During our rehearsals, we had a little battery, which powered a cassette player so that we could train and work on choreography. Today, when I think about it, I can see that the way that we put on the play Hair is some kind of miracle. Finally, in the winter of '92. We had the premiere, which was, from my point of view, a cult event, and as long as we performed Hair it was a relief, a tranquilizer for people in this city, as I would say. We knew that people came all the way from Dobrinja and other remote parts of the city that were being shelled at the time, just to see Hair, so we had two or three shows per day just for the audience.’



• In order for Sarajevans to join organized convoys that after a long delay have begun to leave the city, one needs to receive consent from the Sarajevo police, UN approval and consent from the Bosnian Serbs.
• Stjepan Kljujic, the BiH Presidency’s Croat member is forced to resign at the request of the HDZ, in favor of Miro Lasic, their new candidate.
• Sefer Halilovic, commander of the BiH Armed Forces, prohibits the departure of the convoy, but Pero Butigan, director of the Red Cross, insists that they are required to transport citizens. In the end, both convoys, one headed for Split and the other for Belgrade, manage to leave.
• Director Paul Masic makes the animated film "Coffee".
• "Sipad holding,” a factory for processing wood and producing furniture, possesses stores of wood that could be used for heating, but the question remains how it can be brought into Sarajevo. Wood shipments are stalled in Fojnica, Tarcin, Konjic ... all cities surrounding Sarajevo.
• Geneva, November 7th, 1992. In Geneva, during a conference on Bosnia, Radovan Karadzic, says that due to pressure from the international community for now he will abandon the request for a separate state, but he still holds requirements for great autonomy and the division of BiH into five areas. Haris Silajdzic demands the opening of a road corridor from Ploce - Mostar - Sarajevo
• A convoy of Sarajevo Slovenes, organized by the Association of Slovenes and the Slovenian government, leaves Sarajevo for Slovenia.
• UNPROFOR and the utility company 'Rad' undertake cleaning and the removal of a huge number of damaged vehicles from the street.
• The wounded wait to leave the city.
• A Hollywood team visits the editorial office of "Oslobodjenje," which operates in the basements of their completely destroyed headquarters situated on the front line of the city
• UNPROFOR receives a decision of the UN from Geneva stating that the official political and economic delegations from Sarajevo can use transport aircraft used to deliver humanitarian aid.
• The UNHCR advises Sarajevans to eat packed lunches from humanitarian aid every 6-7 days.
• The Post Office reconnects 30,000 phone lines just for priority cases, and only for local communication, as the connections to outside countries have been cut.

• The District Military Prosecutor's Office conducts an investigation of former UNPROFOR commander Louis Mackenzie

• In the city, banks are being established.

Cultural survival

The besieged city defends itself by culture and thus survives. Groups and individuals create whatever they used to create before the siege In impossible circumstances they produce films, write books, publish newspapers, produce radio programs, design postcards, stage exhibitions, performances, make blueprints for rebuilding the city, found new banks, organize fashion shows, shoot photographs, celebrate holidays, put on make up... Sarajevo is the city of the future and of the life in the post-cataclysm. In it on the ruins of the old civilization a new one is sprouting, an alternative one, composed of remains of urban elements Sarajevo lives a life of futuristic comics and science fiction movies.

Kamerni teatar 55

In the period from January 1 to the fall 1993 „Kamerni teatar 55“ was a host to 431 events ranging from theatre performances to musicals and rock concerts. Although the building has been hit several times during the war, the Sarajevans claim that it is one of the safest places in the city. Twice a week Hair is performed, but some pre-war Shakespeare plays can also be seen. The performances start at 1 p.m. due to curfew.
„Kamerni teatar“ is also a venue for the presentation of new firms, banks and political parties, exhibitions of the „conceptual“ art, photographs, local celebrations, and one can also stumble into a cocktail – made up of the humanitarian aid.
The director of the theatre is Nermin Tulić, an actor whose both legs were shot off in a shelling.

Amila Glamocak
She was born on July 19, 1966 in Sarajevo, where she graduated from the Music Academy. She worked as a professional back vocal singer with the greatest pop and rock stars in the former Yugoslavia for 12 years.

She recorded a number of songs, played in the musical “Hair.” Today she is teaching music in Sarajevo and working on her new record.

It there were life after life, in what shape would you return?
Like me again.

How do you describe perfect happiness?
Freedom, love, health and work.

What is you biggest loss?
The destroyed family house.

What is your biggest gain?
The son who was born during the war.

When and where were you happiest?
In Sarajevo, November 28, 1992, and September 6, 1993.

What are your lost illusions?
They don’t exist.

Describe your day at work.
I go to the studio, work with high school students and spend the rest of the time with my son and husband.

Sarajevo-my pain and happiness.

What words don’t you use anymore?
I can’t.

In your opinion, is morale a virtue?

Where would you like to live?
Where I live - in Sarajevo.

How have you survived?
By miracle and luck.

What are you afraid of?
Shells and illness.

Does the past exist for you?
Of course.

This is the end of a civilization. What will the next one be like?
God knows.

Can you give us a recipe for mental health?
Laugh, sing and love.

How would you like to die?
I wouldn’t like to die.

Do you need hope to live?
Hope is all we’ve got left.

What did ’92 look like, and ’93, and ’94?
’92, terrible, ’93, worse, ’94, better. For private life, the best.

How would you call this period of your life?

Your message from the end of the world, from a country of last things?
We have strength, we believe and we will succeed in a way only known to us - we are happy!

Do you like life, and what is life all about?
I do! Life is freedom, success, love, work, happiness and...