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Trailer of the Week - The Long way to Justice - 20 years after Srebrenica

The 20th memorial day of the Srebrenica Genocide was an act of reconciliation despite different media coverage, who set their main focus on the attack of the Serbian Prime Minister Rastko Vukovic forgetting that the gesture of the mother's of Srebrenica who welcomed Vokovic was a much stronger and more importent act. The Cinema for Peace Foundation showed its documentary "The Voices of Srebrenica" in a exklusive preview as part of the anniversary in front of thousends of participants of the annual Peace March and attended the Memorial Day in Potocari.

 

Hajra Catic visits the grave of her husband, who was shot in a mass execution and whose body was found buried under a rubbish tip in a nearby town. The remains of her son Nino have yet to be found.

 

Bosnia - Twenty years ago, on July 11 1995, Serbian troops overran the eastern Bosnian Muslim enclave of Srebrenica and executed 8,000 Muslim men and boys, which international courts have labelled as an act of genocide. Remains of victims are still being found and reburied at Srebrenica, over two thousends victims are still missing. Each year over 50.000 people come to the cemetery and memorial center in Potocari to greeve for their loved ones and to remember together the worst massacre in Europe since the Holocaust. These killings were later defined as a genocide by two international courts and just last week also the  European Parliament successfully adopted a resolution on the massacre of Srebrenica and opposed any denial, relativisation or misinterpretation of the happenings in Srebrenica for the first time. But this was overshadowed by Russia vetoing a proposed UN resolution that called the event a genocide and an attack on the Serbian Prime Minister Rastko Vukovic by a view individuals.

But what you could hardly hear in the media were the large and small gestures of reconciliation. The mothers of Srebrenica who lost their husbands and sons - all boys and men over the age of 13 were slaughtered in July 1995 - welcomed the Serbian Prime Minister Rastko Vukovic and presented him with the Flower of Srebrenica. This was a great gesture especially if you recall Vukovic`s infamous wartime quote: "For every killed Serb, we will kill 100 Bosniaks."

Also the annual Peace march was an act of reconciliation. Over then thousend people from Bosnia, Serbia and all over the world were walking peacefully toghter 120 kilometers for three days the reverse route through the hills and woods which the survivors used to escape from the Bosnian Serb forces after they captured Srebrenica on July 11, 1995 .Some 10,000 to 15,000 people, mostly men and boys, tried to reach the Bosnian government territory. More then two thirds died along the way or were indiscriminately killed by the Bosnian Serb forces.

The Cinema for Peace Foundation supported this very important event by showing the Cinema for Peace documentary "The Voices of Srebrenica" as an preview to the participants of the annual peace march.

 

Giving a Voice to the Victims of Genocide

The reactions to the preview of the film wich is based on the Genocide Film Library were very positive and intense. “I never fully understood what happened in Srebrenica. This documentary gives a profound insight into the chronology of the atrocities. It paints a clear picture of what happened in those days.” – British Participant of the annual Peace March 2015.


With the support of the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cinema for Peace Foundation collected over a period of three years more than 1300 interviews with survivors and eye-witnesses of the massacre in Srebrenica in summer 1995 for the the Genocide Film Library. The interviews are the biggest oral history collection in Bosnia. They are accessible in an online library and form the basis for the documentary "Voices of Srebrenica". The documentary paints an impressive picture of the ineffable violence and inhumanity that happened during the genocide in Srebrenica. It illustrates and reconstructs the course of the events by using in depth interviews of survivors and original footage that was taken in 1995.

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