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The Weight of Chains (2010)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Rade Aleksic Rade Aleksic ... Himself
James Bissett James Bissett ... Himself
John Bosnitch John Bosnitch ... Himself
Michel Chossudovsky Michel Chossudovsky ... Himself
Bosko Cirkovic Bosko Cirkovic ... Himself
Vlade Divac ... Himself
Slobodan Drakulic Slobodan Drakulic ... Himself
Marko Francikovic Marko Francikovic ... Himself
Blako Gabric Blako Gabric ... Himself
John Hawthorne John Hawthorne ... Himself
Branislav Lecic Branislav Lecic ... Himself
Vesna Levar Vesna Levar ... Herself
Barry Lituchy Barry Lituchy ... Himself
Lewis MacKenzie Lewis MacKenzie ... Himself
Boris Malagurski Boris Malagurski ... Narrator (voice)


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 Anonymous

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19 February 2011 (Canada) See more »

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Das Gewicht der Ketten See more »

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Malagurski Cinema See more »
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Stereo (RCA Sound System)


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The raw truth revealed, smashing the lies the West propagated, and a message of reconciliation that Yugoslavia tragically forgot.
6 February 2011 | by gokimokigSee all my reviews

This movie really embodies what nearly every single UN commander has said about Yugoslavia: "Portraying the Serbs as evil and everybody else as good was not only counterproductive but also dishonest. According to my experience all sides were guilty but only the Serbs would admit that they were no angels while the others would insist that they were...I believe none of my successors and their forces saw anything on the scale claimed by the media." - Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar. Head of UN forces deployed in Yugoslavia from 1992-1993.

There's retired Major General Lewis Mackenzie as well as many other former UN commanders that have said the same thing, and this film echoes that sentiment, which is such a refreshing change from the diatribe of propaganda that passed as news, and facts, on the Yugoslav civil wars.

It does so with the sarcasm of Michael Moore, and with great integrity. What Western media has ignored is that Serbs did not start the war. No claims are made about Milosevic being a saint, just that it was not what the Western media claimed it to be, the so-called "good guys" did worse things than the "bad guys". The involvement of the West in supporting and fuelling separatists in Yugoslavia cannot be ignored. With many shocking revelations, it keeps you interested from start to end. Ever wonder who really started the breakup? Who really tried to salvage it, and why? Well, you get to find out.

You will go from Western interference before the outbreak, to finding out why Croatia and Bosnia broke away illegally, to interference during, and how the people of Yugoslavia were better off without the country being ripped apart. The glamour of EU membership, so highly sought after by the former Yugoslav countries, is shown to not be what it seems to be when you're a small economy.

What will be found is how many sources are by people not affiliated with the Balkans. Canadians, Americans, people who only care about truth, and justice. This makes it that much harder to say that this film is propaganda when the sources are well researched, unbiased, and make heavy use of UN testimony, and the current story on what happened, according to the West, mostly falls on American government and PR company (Ruder Finn, Cohn & Wolfe, Gibbs & Soell, to name but a few) press releases. Everyone used propaganda, but the key difference is Milosevic never hired any PR companies for the world. The one faction that didn't do such a thing, and is it such a coincidence then that they are labelled as the bad guys? Not even Milosevic, but the whole people?

It combines a lot of what is readily known, but not readily reported in the West, with plenty of tidbits of information that is not so easily found. Even people who study the Balkans in university will be surprised at what they simply did not know before watching, or the lies that were thought of as truth.

And for what? Aside from letting the truth be known, this movie brings forth a message I dare say is just as important for the former citizens of Yugoslavia: reconcile, why they are much better off together than they could ever be alone, and why it is so. And that is what makes this film better than most, that message. Bring out the raw truth for all to see, and move on and work together. No anger, no bitterness. Something that the Balkans could learn a thing or two about. See this film.

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