Finding Family

An orphan’s search for answers

A film by Oggi Tomic, Directed by Chris Leslie, Produced by Carol Cooke and Garret Tankosic Kelly

Born in Sarajevo with water on the brain, Oggi was abandoned at birth and given just months to live. But 27 years on, against the odds and thanks to the kindness of strangers, he is alive and well and living happily married in the UK

It seems like everything is finally falling into place until the day he receives a message from Bosnia. His long-lost family have tracked him down and are keen to make up for lost time. It’s the moment every orphan longs for, but there’s a problem: his family are hardline Bosnian Serbs – on the side of the forces that bombarded Sarajevo during the infamous 1,300 day siege which began in 1992. The family is make up for lost time – except for Oggi’s mother, who won’t acknowledge his existence.

Finding Family follows Oggi as he returns to Bosnia for this extraordinary family reunion. The story of identity and belonging on an individual and national level incorporates over 15 years of visual archives with compelling actuality as it unfolds. Oggi knows this is going to be one of the toughest journeys of his life and he is preparing for a bumpy road ahead –but having survived the war, he figures he can survive anything…

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Finding Family premiered in the UK on 5 November 2013.


“Working with WorldView has been a dream come true and I cannot recommend this fund enough. Their support couldn’t have come at a better time for the project and helped us transform our self- and crowd-funded rough cut into a fully formed festival and broadcast ready film.” Producer Carol Cooke