The film begins with two groups of people, with Catholic and Muslim religious affiliations. These groups, Bosnian (Muslim) and Croat (Catholic), coexisted peacefully, working and living together for many years before the war. However, after years spent in such a close-knit community with vastly different belief systems, overwhelming tension led to intense disagreement and, ultimately, war. Once the war began, the lives of all were turned upside down. Men were sent into the military and to the line of duty, where they were often away for months at a time defending their communities. On the other hand, women were suddenly responsible for everything that went on around the home, including economic responsibilities and taking care of the family’s well-being. With fathers out of the home, women were no longer able to split their time between work and home. Instead, it was all about the home and they were mentally & emotionally challenged day after day.
With war came an absolute intolerance for anyone who couldn’t choose a side. In this case, an individual was expected to be either Muslim or Catholic, not somewhere in the middle. If one did not identify with either group, they were alienated from both due to a lack of identity. This tension and war destroyed ties between the two groups, keeping them from even living close to one another. Communities were torn apart due to an inability to coexist anymore. Their previous friendship was no longer relevant, and the tension continued to grow as both groups became more and more defined within the region.