A documentary film by Chris Leslie and Oggi Tomic

Finding Family

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ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY

Capturing one orphan's extraordinary journey as he heads back to Bosnia 20 years on from the snipers and shelling
in search of answers from his long lost family...
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Born with water on the brain, abandoned at birth and given just months to live, Oggi Tomic did not get the best start in life. Twenty seven years on however against the odds and through the kindness of strangers, he is alive and well and living happily married in the UK. After a childhood plagued by near starvation, shelling and continuous suffering it seems like everything is finally falling into place until one day he receives a phone call. His long lost family have finally tracked him down.

It’s the moment every orphan waits their entire life for – there’s just one thing.  It turns out that some members of Oggi’s family could actually have been those shooting at him during the siege of Sarajevo.  They’re keen to meet up and make up for lost time – all except for his mother, who still won’t even mention his name or acknowledge his existence…

Filmed over the space of two months in Summer 2012, Finding Family is a powerful and profound erson narrative that captures Oggi’s journey back to Bosnia for this extraordinary family reunion. This is a story of of identity and belonging on an individual and national level that combines over 15 years of film and photography archive with stunning observational footage and interviews as this fascinating story unfolds and Oggi journeys from Cambridge to Sarajevo, from the orphanage where he was abandoned 27 years ago, to the hospital where he made his miraculous recovery, and all the way up to his family’s front door. 

Growing up Oggi had no concept of a mother and no idea what the woman who brought him into this world even looks like.  He cannot understand why she decided to abandon him and why after all these years she still refuses to meet him. Oggi knows this is going to be one of the toughest journeys of his life and he is preparing for a ‘bumpy road ahead’ however having survived the war he figures he can survive anything…

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THE TEAM

A film by Chris Leslie and Oggi Tomic / Directed and Filmed by Chris Leslie / Produced by Garret Tankosic Kelly

Chris Leslie

Chris Leslie

Director

Documentary Filmmaker and Photographer from Glaagow – Finding Family is Chris’s first feature length documentary.

+ 44 7737 370481 / chris@chrisleslie.co.uk

Oggi Tomic

Oggi Tomic

Filmmaker

Oggi Tomic is a Cambridge based, award winning freelance filmmaker and camera operator.

+ 44 7590 565388 / oggitomic@gmail.com

Garret Tankosic Kelly

Garret Tankosic Kelly

Producer

Worked in various capacities on television and film production in Ireland, the UK and across the Balkans. Roles have ranged from Producer and Executive Producer to Commissioner and has worked with organisations as diverse as the BBC and the United Nations.

+ 387 63582820 / garret.tankosic.kelly@gmail.com

Chris Leslie

Chris Leslie

Director

Documentary Filmmaker and Photographer from Glaagow – Finding Family is Chris’s first feature length documentary.

+ 44 7737 370481 / chris@chrisleslie.co.uk

Oggi Tomic

Oggi Tomic

Filmmaker

Oggi Tomic is a Cambridge based, award winning freelance filmmaker and camera operator.

+ 44 7590 565388 / oggitomic@gmail.com

Garret Tankosic Kelly

Garret Tankosic Kelly

Producer

Worked in various capacities on television and film production in Ireland, the UK and across the Balkans. Roles have ranged from Producer and Executive Producer to Commissioner and has worked with organisations as diverse as the BBC and the United Nations.

+ 387 63582820 / garret.tankosic.kelly@gmail.com

screenings

SCREENINGS

Previous and upcoming screenings of Finding Family

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Dunoon Film Festival – 14th September 2014
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PREVIOUS SCREENINGS

Official UK Premiere – GFT, Glasgow, 19th July 2014

Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia & Hercegovina – August 2013

Balkan Florence Express, Italy – Sep 2013

Raindance / Sindh Festival, Pakistan – February 2014

Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film, Chicago – April 2014

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival  (BHFF) – New York – May 2014

BELDOCS Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia – May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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