In July 1995, the world's first UN Safe Area became the site of Europe's worst massacre since World War II. That month, the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of the village of Srebrenica and its surrounding region, while a Dutch peacekeeping battalion of United Nations forces helplessly looked on. In the course of the destruction, Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Muslim families and systematically slaughtered more than 7,000 Muslim men in the fields and factories around the town.
As investigators continue to exhume the bodies from mass graves and the details of the tragedy continue to unfold, the killings lead us to urgent, fundamental questions. How can genocide occur, despite the presence of multiple diplomatic agencies intended to prevent such barbarity? How should the international justice system deal with this brutality? Can the horror of these despicable crimes ever be healed?
Thirteen/WNET New York presents SREBRENICA: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE, a compelling 90-minute documentary featuring first-hand accounts and previously unseen footage of the hours surrounding the 1995 catastrophe. Premiering Monday, January 17, 2000 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings), Bill Moyers narrates this document of a disaster in the making. The film presents indisputable evidence of the unfolding of a war crime. Many sequences were recorded on camcorders by the people who were there, including Serb and Muslim soldiers, civilians, and peacekeepers. In addition, interviews with both witnesses and officials create a chillingly detailed chronicle of the events surrounding the July 1995 nightmare that engulfed Srebrenica. The response to the film thus far has been strong: the film recently won the prestigious Special Jury Award at the 1999 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.
SREBRENICA: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE was directed and produced by Leslie Woodhead and is an Antelope Films production for BBC2's Storyville in association with Thirteen/WNET for PBS. The executive producers are Krishan Arora of Antelope and Stephen Segaller, Director of News and Public Affairs for Thirteen.
SREBRENICA: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE is made possible by Mutual of America, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Jacob Burns Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Public Television Viewers and PBS.
About the Program | Introduction to the Film | Filmmaker Biographies | Film Credits
Eyewitness Accounts | The Massacre | The Aftermath
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