• (2009) SERBIA, AFTER THE WAR. Searching for the truth

    If Ratko Mladić were arrested, Serbia’s access to the EU would become possible. Nevertheless, when asked if they would give information on Mladić (1 million euro reward) only 15% of Serbs answered ‘yes’. A country’s entire destiny seems to hang on one man’s capture. In 1993, the UN founded the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague. The first serbian indictee to be judged there was the president Slobodan Milošević. He died after 5 years of trial, before knowing the verdict.
    Sentences passed at The Hague in the cases of some Albanian indictees from Kosovo have yet again stirred up Belgrade’s anger and its impression that the West is against it.
    In 2003, the Belgrade Penal Court was also established with the same mission as the Hague-based ICTY, but with fewer prerogatives. Serbian officials think that the court in Belgrade could have the same competencies as the one in The Hague, and that it could even be more objective.
    The ICTY is supposed to cease its activity in 2010. However, it is hard to believe this will happen. The activity of the other courts for war crimes in former Yugoslavia will also carry on.
    Today, Individuals are not the only ones brought to court. Bosnia and Croatia have sued Serbia, which returned the favour.
    Nowadays, justice is called upon to establish not only individual guilt, but also that of collectivities and of nations. It is asked to give verdicts that will be recorded in history. But can a tribunal write the history?
    Can the past be forgotten? Can centuries-old conflicts or more recent ones be forgotten?

    Can the law do justice and bring reconciliation?

    In this documentary:

    Vladimir Vukcevic – Chief Prosecutor for War Crimes,
    Dusan Ignjatovic – Chief of the Council for Cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY),
    Slavica Djukic Dejanovic – President of the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia, president of the Socialist Party,
    Tomislav Nikolic – President of the Progressive Party,
    Jelena Trivan – The Democrat Party’s spokesperson,
    PS Artemije – Bishop of Raška-Prizren.

    Written and directed by: MARIAN VOICU

    © TVR 2009