Croatia, 7th of January 1992: In the middle of the war a young journalists' body is being found dressed with an uniform of the international mercenary group. 19 years later, his cousin Anja Kofmel detects his story.


Anja Kofmel


Anja Kofmel
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Credited cast:
Joel Basman ... Chris (voice)
Milton Welsh ... Frenchy (voice)
Megan Gay ... Narrator
Marko Cindric ... Julio (voice)
Domagoj Jankovic Domagoj Jankovic ... Flores (voice)
Susanne-Marie Wrage ... German narrator / Vanja (voice)
Dean Krivacic Dean Krivacic ... Alex (voice)
Damjan Simic Damjan Simic ... Paul (voice)


Christian "Chris" Würtenberg was a young Swiss reporter/journalist attracted by war activities. So he had joined an army training in Namibia before taking an interest in the Balkan war, joining the PIV, a paramilitary group of activists which was in the end integrated into the Croatian army who were fighting the Serbs. He was not really a soldier type of man, became an outsider and ended tragically before he could actually write the book he intended to publish about the war atrocities. He was called Chris or "the Swiss" by the fighters. His cousin, Anja Kofmel, is the director of the film which has archive footing, live interviews, and animation parts. She traveled to the war sites 25 years after the actual events and interviewed people who had known Chris. Haunting animation scenes really show the horrors of war for the civilians and also the soldiers. There is no good or bad side, both sides are involved in war crimes. Chris investigated perhaps naively about the reasons people had ... Written by Rudolf Weiler

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Fractured Memories
14 May 2021 | by NurseBob-2See all my reviews

When she was just a child Anja Kofmel's favourite grown-up cousin, Chris, was found murdered in Croatia where he had been working as a journalist covering the Yugoslavian war-his body curiously clad in a mercenary uniform. Years later, with her cousin's diaries in hand, Anja retraces his steps in order to understand exactly what happened. With an actor reading from his journals and talking heads offering some background, Kofmel's amazing documentary uses gut-wrenching B&W animated sequences to try and fill in the blanks with the machineries of war morphing into hordes of flesh-eating insects and ill-defined enemies resolving and dissolving into jagged black shards. A troubling story of an idealist caught up in a dirty war fraught with madmen and zealots.

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31 January 2019 (Germany) See more »

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