Bono is filming the documentary "Kiss the Future" about the concert that group U2 held in Sarajevo in 1997. The producers of the film are Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The musician said that he came up with the idea of ??shooting the film after visiting Kyiv.
“In the texts of U2, this topic has always occupied us, to show solidarity with people who are oppressed, who are victims of violence,” Bono said. “When Edge and I took the train to Kyiv, I hadn’t thought about Sarajevo at first.
But gradually the memories of it came back to life. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have now produced a documentary on the subject which, like you, links the attacks in Sarajevo to those in Kyiv. The film is called ‘Kiss the Future,’ Nenad Cicin-Sain is the name of the director.
It’s also about the role art can play in uplifting the souls of people living under such a threat”. He continued: “For two hours, the film shows people who had to live with the shelling of Sarajevo for several years.
Excerpts from our later concert there will also be shown. I recently watched the film with my son John. He told me, ‘You’ve put yourself in such difficult situations your whole life, haven’t you?'”
He added that the message of the film is as follows:
“The message of the film is: what the people of Sarajevo had to endure is only just beginning for the residents of Kiev,” he said.
“And then the situation of the people in Ukraine is shown. It’s not over for her. It is inspiring to see that in Ukraine there is an army of 60 million people, the whole population is part of it. Because everyone knows the value of freedom, because they all defend freedom.
It’s the most heroic fight ever”. The connection between U2 and Sarajevo has existed since 1993 when this group was on the ZooTV tour, where they tried to draw attention to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. An important event from this tour was certainly the live broadcast of the American journalist and humanitarian worker Bill Carter from Sarajevo during their concert in Verona in July 1993.
That move by the Irish band triggered the British and world media to address the issue of the suffering of Bosnia and Herzegovina's citizens at war. Then, because of the war, they could not come to Sarajevo, and they fulfilled their promise four years later.
They played the usual repertoire, which also included the song "Miss Sarajevo", written by U2 and Brian Eno about the contest for the most beautiful girl held in wartime Sarajevo. Bono had a cold and had problems with his voice, but BH. the audience did not hold it against him.