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Back to the Roots


EDVACAY Fellows Melisa Hadžimehmedović, Džemajla Smlatić and Din Šačić addressed the issue of reintegration of people who decided to return to live and work in BH society after living abroad and who are motivated to contribute to the development of democracy in their home communities, particularly focusing on persons who left the country due to the “brain drain” issue. As a result, the group has created, directed and produced an 18-minute long film, featuring four interviews with successful young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mr. Armin Alijagić, Dr. Dženeta Karabegović, Dr. Adis Maksić, and HIA Senior Fellow Dr. Anida Sokol), who have returned to the country after completing their education and working abroad.

The film focuses on discussing the initial reasons for departing the country, but more importantly the moment of return, as well as potential challenges and obstacles faced upon coming back to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film aims to break the stereotype that there is no room for young people to build their careers in the country, and to serve as a positive example and inspiration for a brighter future.

On July 2, 2018, the group organized a very successful promotion and screening of the film at the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Political Science, attended by over 50 students, professors, and friends of the organization, as well as other EDVACAY participants.

  • "Back to the Roots" movie screening at the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo
  • "Back to the Roots" movie screening at the Faculty of Political Science in Sarajevo

Melisa and Din speak about their civic campaign and EDVACAY experiences

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