Zlata Filipović

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Zlata Filipović
Born (1980-12-03) 3 December 1980 (age 38)
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina)
OccupationNovelist, short story writer
ResidenceDublin, Republic of Ireland

Zlata Filipović (born 3 December 1980)[1] is a Bosnian writer.


The only child of an advocate and a chemist, Filipović grew up in a middle-class family. She was an honor student, with ambitions to become a journalist. From 1991-93, she wrote in her diary, Mimmy, about the horrors of the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, through which she lived.[2]

Filipović and her family survived and escaped to Paris, in 1993 where they stayed for a year. She attended St. Andrew's College, Dublin (a senior school), going on to graduate from the University of Oxford in 2001 with a BA in human sciences, and has lived in Dublin, Ireland since October 1995, where she studied at Trinity College Dublin.[citation needed]

Filipović has continued to write. She wrote the foreword to The Freedom Writers Diary and co-edited Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries, From World War I to Iraq. She appeared on the Canadian version of the talk show Tout le monde en parle on 19 November 2006.[3] As of 2016 she lived in Dublin, Ireland, working in the field of documentary and other film production.[4]


Year Title Notes
1993 Zlata's Diary
1999 The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them Foreword by Zlata Filipović
2004 Milošević: The People's Tyrant Preface & translation by Zlata Filipović
2006 Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq Co-edited by Zlata Filipović
2009 From the Republic of Conscience: Stories Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[5] Article 4, "Lost in Arizona" by Zlata Filipović
2010 Even in Chaos: Education in Times of Emergency Chapter six, "Hear Our Voices: Experiences of Conflict-Affected Children" by Zlata Filipović


In 2011, she produced the short film Stand Up! for the Stand Up! campaign created by BeLonG To, an LGBTQ youth service organisation in Ireland against homophobic bullying in schools. It has been viewed over 1.6 million times on YouTube.[6]

She served on the Executive Committee of Amnesty International Ireland (2007–13) and is a founding member of NYPAW (Network of Young People Affected by War). She has spoken extensively at schools and universities around the world on issues of children in conflict. She was a member of the UNESCO Jury for the Prize for Children and Young People's Literature for Tolerance, and is a recipient of the Child of Courage Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles (1994).[citation needed]



  • 2010: Blood of the Irish (documentary)
  • 2011: Hold on Tight (documentary)
  • 2012: Three Men Go to War (documentary)
  • 2012: Motion Sickness (short)
  • 2013: Here Was Cuba (documentary)
  • 2014: Somebody to love (documentary)
  • 2015: OCD and Me[citation needed]
  • 2015: The Wake[citation needed]
  • 2016: The Farthest (documentary)
  • 2016: The Story of Yes (documentary)


  1. ^ Zlata chat Archived 2007-11-18 at the Wayback Machine., mv.com; accessed 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ Tout le monde en parle details, IMDb.com; accessed 7 March 2016.
  4. ^ Bosnian diarist reflects on Radovan Karadžić verdict, Irishtimes.com, 24 March 2016; accessed 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ From the Republic of Conscience: Stories Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, irishtimes.com; accessed 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ YouTube

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