What is it about?
Ordinary Heroes exposes young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina (and across the region) to stories of inter-ethnic rescue during the 92-95 Bosnian war. The program consists of four short documentaries, each of which recounts a different story of inter-ethnic rescue, a photo exhibition about inter-ethnic rescue, and an interactive educational curriculum. Stories of inter-ethnic rescue counter divisive nationalist narratives being passed to young people across Bosnia and Herzegovina. Countering this narrative is especially important because, due to the institutionalized segregation, many young people run in ethnically homogenous circles and rely on community, family, and biased media narratives to form an opinion of ‘the other. Online, this results in insulation where young people are only exposed to one narrative telling them that the other is bad. Ordinary Heroes exposes young people to content they would not otherwise be exposed to. This content not only neutralizes hate speech in the moment, but also motivates young people to reexamine and more critically view the narratives bouncing around their respective bubbles.