More than a decade after the turbulent disintegration of the Yugoslavian Republic, its former citizens are beginning to question the reasons behind the bloody conflicts of the 1990s and the true motives behind the US and NATO intervention.
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
Pretty special, whether you are looking for hopelessly paranoid ramblings or wildly inaccurate facts (population of the EU is 1 Billion, and the Slovenes are hopelessly unhappy with their current prosperity) - you are well served by this title.
The film makers, as commented on by other reviewers, display a worrying Serbian tendency to rationalise the war without accepting even partial reponsibility. Of course it wasn't all the Serbs, or the Croats or the Bosniaks, all shared in the blame, just as the West could rightly be criticised for it's own mismanagement of the crisis. But deny even a portion of the blame to Serbia is just ridiculous.
I can understand an anti-Nato bias, a Serbian friend of mine lived two hundred yards from a Nato precision bomb on a TV station that killed his neighbour. That isn't going to endear Nato to anyone. But with delusional propaganda like this... reconciliation isn't going to be made any easier.
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