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The Weight of Chains is a Canadian documentary film that takes a critical look at the role that the US, NATO and the EU played in the tragic breakup of a once peaceful and prosperous European state - Yugoslavia. The film, bursting with rare stock footage never before seen by Western audiences, is a creative first-hand look at why the West intervened in the Yugoslav conflict, with an impressive roster of interviews with academics, diplomats, media personalities and ordinary citizens of the former Yugoslav republics. This film also presents positive stories from the Yugoslav wars - people helping each other regardless of their ethnic background, stories of bravery and self-sacrifice. Written by
Very informative account of the events that led up to the break up of Yugoslavia as well as the events that took place during and after the wars. The background historical information that helps put things into context was very useful too.
The film presents very well the fact that at the time and for obvious reasons the Western and Yugoslav politicians as well as the Western mass media played their role very well towards the break up. This is especially true in the West were the public had to be convinced for the necessity of the break up and intervention.
I see several parallels with what is currently (Dec 2011) happening to a lot of European countries that are struck by the Capitalist crisis.
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