Vladimir Dzuro, Czech investigator of the International Criminal Court, gathered evidence of war crimes committed at the Ovčara and ethnic cleansing in northwestern Bosnia. He guides us through the sites of investigation and introduces us to surviving witnesses. In true-crime thriller fashion, we discovered the details of the investigation that led to the arrest of the war criminals. However, thirty years after the war, the Hague justice still has not healed the wounds nor has it compensated those who suffered the worst. How can possibly people who have lived at the sites of the crimes to this day embrace the future, coexistence and cooperation with fellow citizens of other nationalities, if society refuses to confront the darkest side of the war?
Viktor Portel is a director of documentary films and the head of the documentation department Post Bellum, where he works as the producer and dramaturge. The result of his work was the exhibition The Memory of the Nation, held in the basement of the former Stalin monument, followed by the installation Trabi (the Signal festival) as well as the screening The Memory of the Nation: 1989, held on the thirtieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. As an educator, he helps in launching projects in Russia, Burma and Cuba. He is the author and director of several episodes of the television series Stories of the 20th Century. His film Havel’s Heart won the Czech Press Photo award in the category of online reportage. He graduated from FAMU.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Jihlava International Documentary Festival
Millenium Docs Against Gravity
THE INVESTIGATOR (doc.)
DIRECTOR: Viktor Portel
COUNTRY: Czechia, Croatia
LANGUAGE: Czech, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, English
PRODUCTION: Frame Films
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