The Death Of Yugoslavia


Posted: 2011-05-14 15:32   |  More posts about documentary film history politics

The BBC's Death of Yugoslavia is a documentary that aired originally in 1995. It had a huge impact on me when I watched it at the end of last year, and I was happy to find it in its entirety on Youtube again recently. As far as I'm concerned, it's absolutely necessary viewing. It is 300 minutes in total, split into 6 episodes. Wikipedia states:

The series was awarded with a BAFTA award in 1996 for Best Factual Series.[1] Because of the series large amount of interviews with prominent leaders and commanders of the conflict, it has been frequently used by ICTY in war crimes prosecutions.[2]

All the papers relating to the documentary series, including full transcripts of the many valuable interviews conducted with participants, are lodged at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College, University of London. The catalogue can be examined here

During the trial of Milošević before the ICTY, Judge Bonomy called the nature of much of the commentary "tendentious".[3] This was because there were instances in which an interview in the Serbian language was subtitled incorrectly and often in a misleading manner (for example, the subtitling translated an interviewee saying that "Milosevic always won the elections on a nationalistic platform and nothing else", rather than "... on a national platform... ").[4]

Here are all 6 episodes for your convenience:

comments powered by Disqus