Snipers in the hills overlook the shattered streets of Sarajevo. Knowing that the next bullet could strike at any moment, the ordinary man and woman below strive to go about their daily lives as best they can. Kenan faces the agonizing dilemma of crossing the city to get water for his family. Dragan, in the grip of fear, does not know who among his friends he can trust. And Arrow, a young woman enlisted into the forces defending the city as a counter-sniper, finds herself pushed to her limits – of body and soul, fear and humanity.
Told with immediacy, grace and harrowing emotional accuracy, “The Cellist of Sarajevo” shows how, when the everyday act of crossing the street can risk lives, the human spirit is revealed in all its fortitude – and frailty.