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It took me a year to actually watch this film.!
on 2 March 2014
I bought this around a year ago, having tried to get it from retail shops in the UK, but no one had heard of it. I began watching it, and stopped at the first scene of a young woman, being pulled from the group and raped in front of the others. I really couldn't stomach it. Anyway, I decided the other night that I'd try again, knowing this time what to expect, and I'm glad I did.
It's a heartbreaking story, not the fictional storyline, which is good, but the realistic portrayal of the Bosnian war, and the attrocities which took place...so much for the United Nations, and a post WW2 pledge never to allow such genocide to happen again. To see how these people were treated, (the excellent 'Warriors' is also worth watching) no different to the Nazi's treatment of the Jews, Roma, homosexuals, mentally and physically disabled etc. I don't know all the politics involved regarding the failure to intervene, but it's unbelievable that this was allowed to happen just 20 years ago, and whilst the UN were there, fully armed, they could do nothing but 'monitor' the situation, and allow the killing to continue. I've since referred to the UN as the Useless Nations!
If you can stomach the scenes of violation, and humiliation, then this is an excellent film, and one which people really ought to see, because unfortunately, it will undoubtedly happen again, indeed happens regularly in several African countries!