BIRN Movie on Legacy of War

Film follows youngsters' travels throughout ex-Yugoslavia where they witness the legacy of the conflicts of the 1990s.

The series, which are also released as  a feature-length film, follows six young people from the former Yugoslav countries as they explore the less obvious legacy of the 20th-century wars in the Balkans on their travels through the region.

In Sarajevo they experience, in a small way, something of what life must have been like during the 1992-5 siege of the city.

In Montenegro, they look at the long-term legacy for the Balkans of the clashes between the Chetniks and Partisans during World War II.

They return to the legacy of the 1990s conflicts in Serbia and Kosovo, where they look at the life of refugees and veterans, and confront the atrocities that were committed during the 1999 Kosovo conflict.

 In Skopje, they came face to face with the Macedonian obsession with Alexander the Great through the erection of grandiose monuments all over the capital. In Croatia they see the economic impact of the wars of the 1990s on the next generation of young people.       

The film is produced by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, and directed by Lode Desmet, an award-winning filmmaker. In 2006 Lode Desmet and BIRN produced the film "Does Anyone Have a Plan?" about the future status of Kosovo.

The film and TV series are distributed through international and regional film festivals and large media networks. The documentaries have been promoted across the region through partnerships with TV and film production companies and human rights organizations.

This documentary series forms part of the Balkan Transitional Justice project, which aims to improve public understanding of transitional justice issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

BIRN's Balkan Transitional Justice programme is funded by the European Commission, the Swiss Foreign Ministry, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.