FAMA Educational Pack: The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996

Year of Production
Location of Production
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Original format
Educational Pack: Encyclopaedia; Maps; Print Album and DVDs
English and Bosnian
New Educational model based on FAMA projects covering three broader themes: The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996 / The Fall of Yugoslavia 1991-1999 / Negotiations of the Dayton Peace Accords (1995).
Research Period
Introducing new educational model through compilation of FAMA projects produced between 1992 and 2007. It forms the so far most comprehensive picture of the experience of the Sarajevo siege, with special supplements about the Fall of Yugoslavia and negotiations of the Dayton Peace Accords. It shows different levels of the siege phenomenon, from existential to cultural, political, military, religious, educational, mental and personal survival.
Collection is presented in a package (illustrated box) containing: a copy of Encyclopaedia: The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996; Survival Map 1992-1996; a copy of Mapping the Negotiations – The Dayton Peace Accords (1995) album; a copy of The Fall of Yugoslavia 1991-1999, map; a copy of Survival Map 1992-1996; a copy of The Ultimate Survival Guide: Mechanism of Terror / Mechanism of Survival (DVD); and a copy of User's Guide for FAMA Educational Package (DVD).


Suada Kapic and Miran Norderland
Neven Popovic
Sejo Hodzic
© FAMA International


Because of their influence, those who watch, observe, analyse and explain meaning to the masses are considered a kind of elite; however if this elite use faulty methodology or have impure intentions, it can lead to disastrous consequences. We, the founders of FAMA, the first independent multi-media company in the former Yugoslavia, were fully aware of the sensitivity of the area in which we chose to invest. From the very beginning of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, we knew that documentation, of all types and forms, would play a vital role in the fate of current and future generations. In keeping with our own personal principles, our methods rely on fact, oral history and recorded documentation (documented documents). It is through our unique insight and gift of foresight that we have been able to develop a step by step methodology that 'makes the obvious visible'.

Gaining insight. This involves watching events attentively with an open mind as an observer rather than a participant, in order to note significant elements of the observed phenomenon; then putting these elements together to identify early signs of any emerging dominant trends that might launch a new process of cause and effect.

Continuing research through oral history. Those who participated in an observed event talk about their own experience of it, without commenting on other participants. These elements are recorded in photo/video format.

Structuring the research. Putting first hand facts and documented documents of a particular event, period or phenomenon into a structure that transfers this knowledge in a form acceptable to an audience, devoid of any indicators that would point to a conclusion. Readers, viewers, students, researchers draw their own conclusions on the basis of the given format.

Converting the structure. This phase involves producing a format suitable for mass production (maps, albums, films, encyclopedias).

Creating a study pack. We have created an educational pack consisting of different sections that can be used for different levels of education, as our unique contribution to the interpretation of the period 1991-1999.

FAMA Educational Pack:
The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996

Our extensive research was logically finalized in educational packs designed for different ages, professions and institutions. We concluded once again that FAMA study packs in English and Bosnian should be donated to city, state, regional and international libraries, as it is greatly important for educational packs to be stored at appropriate locations. But whether, if and when the study pack will get its use value – we haven't got a say in that. As always, we thought our most important task was to complete our unique contribution to the interpretation of the period 1991-1999, and to put this unique Bank of Knowledge at disposal of the scientific and intellectual community.