- September 6, 2018
Sahin Sisic was born on the 16th of February 1961 in Visegrad, Bosnia.
After high school in Sarajevo he studied at the Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Croatia.
In 1986 he presented his first solo exhibition: “E Romenge Photography”, in Gallery SC Zagreb. A selection of photographs from a vast collection of 30.000 photos of Roma (Gypsies) taken during a six-year period while living and traveling with Roma people in former Yugoslavia. His love of photography only grew, since then he has staged several exhibitions and has work in many galleries and museums around the world.
He directed his first short film “Margina 88” and won The Golden Fipa Award at Cannes, France in 1989. This was followed by more short films and documentaries: “Going Public” (Izlazak u Javnost), “Lamela Z”, “Roma Today” (Romi Danas) etc.
In 1992/1993 during the Yugoslav war he filmed in the besieged capital of Bosnia, Sarajevo. This resulted in the film “Planet Sarajevo”. This work portrays almost without words the near impossibility of living a normal life while under the threat of rocket launchers and snipers. The New York Times and Herald Tribune International considered “The Planet Sarajevo” a masterpiece, May, August 1994.
As a director of photography (D.O.P) he has worked on several feature films: “Sex Enemy Party No1”, “Sevdah for Karim”, “Body Complete” and “Crossroads”.
In 2012 he received an award for the screenplay ``Second Hand Life`` at the film market in Bucharest, Romania.
``Srebrenica: A Voice from the Mountain`` is his most recent screenplay and he is looking to direct a feature film about the life of Srebrenica survivor Kadir Habibovic. One man‘s story of his escape from genocide.
Sahin’s love of film and photography inspires him to find beauty and truth in any situation. His work has a strong sense of composition and form, showing life and its emotional impact on people. Often a mirror of a hidden melancholic world his films and photographs tell their own story.