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Title: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: SouthSerb99 on January 21, 2006, 01:38:02 PM
This is kind of long, but really worth it.  There are a bunch of short films on the life of Serbs in Kosovo.  Truly tragic.  www.kosovo.com

I've only watched a couple, but I think they are excellent.  Please take the time to see them all.  For many who do not know a lot about Kosovo, these short movies will explain a lot.


Days made of fear:

Documentary Films on life of Kosovo Serbs

Documentary films by TVNS Radomir Grujic

Radomir Grujic, TV Pristina journalist was born in 1948 in Mojkovac, Montenegro. He finished high-school in Prijepolja, and graduated in Pristina. He began his career as a journalist in 1981. He has received several awards at documentary film festivals in the country and abroad.

"Guardians of the nest", May 2003 (23 minutes)

High in the hills above Kosovska Mitrovica Mother Makarija and her sisterhood keep vigil at the Sokolica monastery. Within this holy building there is a sculpture of Mary and the baby Jesus. Above the monastery falcons hover over their nest, and in the surrounding area for a long time now no…

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"Keys", 2003 (17 minutes)

When a man is forced to leave his home and fireside, he carries with him an icon and a cresset, but also keys that will not unlock anything any more…

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"House of open doors", January 2002 (28 minutes)

Jelisaveta is the only remaining Serb inhabitant in southern Kosovska Mitrovica. She lives in a robbed flat, surrounded by barbed wire and hate. Her door is always open, and she defends herself from “unexpected” guests with stones…

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"The thimble", July 2001 (23 minutes)

From his ancestral house, from his parlour Uncle Mija has taken only a sewing thimble. His only wish is to cross the bridge at Ibr and go to his Vucitrn…

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"Stories of the displaced", September 2002 (23 minutes)

Around ten families from Kosovo-Metohija are living at an old hotel in Sombor. Their stories are similar only at first glance…

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"UNMIK - Titanic" 2004 (57 minutes)

“UNMIK — Titanic”, a film by Boris Mitic is a fast paced and jolting illustration of the New Year celebration on December 31, 2003 by the last 100 Serbs from Pristina in the ghetto-building “YU Programme”. Adults kill time by visiting each other and drinking cold beer in the only shop in the basement, children play football in the corridors and hunt pigeons in the attic, but it occurs to no one that they should give up the New Year celebration…

At the recently held 6th “Balkan Black Box”festival (www.balkanblackbox.de) in Berlin, it won the award for the best documentary film. This is the third time the film has received such recognition, after the awards in Rome (www.romadocfest.it) and New Siberia (www.docfest.ru).

The film was shown in Madrid (www.documentamadrid.com), Yerevan (www.gaiff.am), Sofia, Ljubljana (www.pi-ff.net), Katmandu, Glasgow, Budapest (www.verzio.ceu.hu), Belgrade (at the Festival of Regional Documentary Films) and Pristina, at the “One World” film festival.

Boris Matic produces, directs, records and edits his own films.

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Video-recording of members of the church choir “Presvete Bogorodice” from Belgrade

"Serbian Villages near Pec/Pech", April 2005 (3 minutes)

A unique archive of destroyed Orthodox churches, monasteries and sacred sites in Kosovo-Metohija in the period between 1998 and 2005. Many of these video recordings are the only video document currently available to the media.

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Films on Kosovo and Metohija by Ninoslav Randjelovic

Internally displaced (18 minutes)

Since mid-1999 over 230.000 Serbs and other non-Albanians were driven out from Kosovo and Metohia despite the presence of the international military (KFOR) and police force (UNMIK) in the region.

Most of them have been accommodated in Serbia proper, either in collective centers or in some form of private arrangement.

Their basic survival has often solely depended on humanitarian programs of the international community.

However, with the political changes and greater social stability in the region, came also a gradual reduction in the scope of humanitarian activities. The largest humanitarian organizations have closed down their programs, so finding solutions to hardships that internally displaced people face daily has been one of the biggest challenges for a government of Serbia.

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The Glory of High Decani (20 minutes)

The monastic community of the ancient Serbian Monastery High Decani is one of the last spiritual centers of Orthodox faith in Kosovo today.

During recent years of ethnic conflicts and in the midst of destruction and terror — Monastery High Decani has been a steadfast and safe haven for anyone in dire need, regardless of their ethnicity or religious beliefs.

Behind the barbed wires, protected by the KFOR troops and rarely visited by civilian population, this monastic community, nevertheless, lives rich and peaceful life, spreading a "good news", the news ever so important for our troubled time: that the true spiritual life and the ultimate diplomacy is "diplomacy of the heart". It is given in our ability to forgive, to show compassion, and to love one another.

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Metohija, June 2005 (4 minutes)

The first service in the Saint Petar Koriski monastery since 1998 was held on June 17, 2005.

A small group of Serbs visited this Orthodox sacred site dating from the 13th century, located on the slopes of Sar mountain in Metohija. The remains of the Saint Petar Koriski are being kept at the Crna Reka monastery.

During a trip through Metohija, this small group of visitors saw demolished Orthodox churches near Djakovica which are not being reconstructed.

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Notes about the Rock (24 minutes)

A unique archive of destroyed Orthodox churches, monasteries and sacred sites in Kosovo-Metohija in the period between 1998 and 2005. Many of these video recordings are the only video document currently available to the media.

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Cave Volujak (4 minutes)

In mid-April, UNMIK representatives found remains of 21 bodies of Kosovo Serbs in a cave near the village of Volujak near Klina. The victims were reported missing in the summer of 1998.

This video material includes updated materials of Gracanica’s Glas Juga journalists as well as materials from the archives of Ninoslav Randjelovic, who recorded talks with the families of the missing Kosovo Serbs from that area, which is today a firm strongpoint of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

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Kosovo-Metohija, 1998-2003 (17 minutes)

A documentary overview of six years of suffering of the Serb and non-Albanian people in Kosovo-Metohija. This film is at the same time an authentic testimony on the failure of the international community to protect and secure fundamental human rights for Serbs and other non-Albanians in the province.

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Days Made of Fear (20 minutes)

Regardless of the fact that the Kosovo parliament and local authorities were appointed, the security situation in Kosovo-Metohija and the living conditions of Serb and non-Albanian populations worsened during 2003. Numerous terrorist attacks, murders of teachers and children, frequent attempts of kidnappings and frightening were recorded in the movie, pointing to the crucial failures of the international forces of army and police in tackling organised terrorist activities in the region so far, as well as meeting basic goals of their mission, that is, protection of fundamental rights of all citizens of Kosovo-Metohija.

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Pogrom (15 minutes)

A unique documentary on three days of numerous terrorist attacks on Serb and non-Albanian populations in Kosovo-Metohija which lasted from March 17 to 19, 2004. During the pogrom 19 people died, 34 Orthodox monasteries and churches were destroyed and defiled, and more than 500 Serb houses torched and demolished. Over 4,000 Serbs left their homes and hundreds of Serbs and non-Albanians were seriously wounded and beaten.

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Autumn In No Man's Land (20 minutes)

Made in September 2004, this film shows the life in Kosovo-Metohija 6 months after the pogrom and the slow process of reconstruction of demolished sacred sites and houses that has hardly even begun. It also speaks about difficult conditions in which the remaining Serb population lives in Kosovo-Metohija.

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Snowman in the Dark (20 minutes)

The very slow and delicate process of return of displaced Serbs to Metohija, and the life of the remaining Serb and non-Albanian populations in Kosovo-Metohija (the villages in central Serbia) was additionally aggravated by new problems and difficulties in early 2005 - by the lack of supply with water and electrical power. Still, these brave people still remain in the province and are the only hope that Kosovo-Metohija will not be ethnically cleansed.

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Title: Re: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: Orthodoc on January 21, 2006, 02:19:11 PM

Are there any films on DVD regarding Kosovo?  If so, where can I obtain them?  I would like to get them for a friend of mine.  he was a fromer Lutheran who converted to Orthodoxy  as a result of his love for the Serbian people and the shame he felt on what his country was doing to the Serbian.

He decided he wanted to pray for the Serbian people and the best way to do it would be in a Church of their Orthodox faith.  Until then he was never inside an Orthodox Church. So he came to our parish for Liturgy the following Sunday.  And he's never left!  He was spell bound by what he saw and heard (in his native language)!  He got married in the Church and has had both his daughters baptised in the Orthodox Church and is one of the most devoute Orthodox I know.  And he still loves the Serbian people!

Title: Re: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: aserb on January 21, 2006, 02:37:28 PM
I watched "Snowman in the Dark."

AND WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE IN THE WORLD? .................................
Title: Re: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: SouthSerb99 on January 21, 2006, 03:03:07 PM

  ÃƒÆ’‚  ÃƒÆ’‚ I'll see what I can come up with.


  ÃƒÆ’‚  ÃƒÆ’‚ I'm trying to get through all of them.  I've only gone through about 6 of them.  Just unbelievable.  Heartbreaking stuff.  Watching "Cave Volujack" right now.  :'(
Title: Re: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: ozgeorge on January 21, 2006, 09:34:37 PM
Just finished watching the third one about Jelisaveta Roganovic- the older lady who lives in the "house of open doors".
Good on her!
I hope she is still there and lives to see an end to the madness.
Title: Re: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: SouthSerb99 on January 21, 2006, 11:13:08 PM
I've now watched them all.  Amazing.

"The glory of high decani" is incredible.  While sad, I find it very uplifting.

Tell me what you guys think if you get a chance to see it.  I especially like the interview with the Albanian Orthodox monk(??)
Title: Re: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: Silouan on January 22, 2006, 12:32:24 AM
Just finished the one on Decani.  Amazing. 
Title: Re: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: ozgeorge on January 22, 2006, 03:10:10 AM
Tell me what you guys think if you get a chance to see it.ÂÂ  I especially like the interview with the Albanian Orthodox monk(??)

I found "the Glory of Decani" beautiful, and full of hope, the power of patience and the ability of Christians to keep holding on to love in the face of bitter hatreds.
But I couldn't work out which was the Albanian monk you were referring to....perhaps that's a good thing, since they live the reality of all of us being one in the Church.
Title: Re: Days of fear: Documentary films on life of Kosovo Serbs
Post by: SouthSerb99 on January 22, 2006, 09:16:17 AM

    It is at about the 5:35 mark.  His name is Ioan Lena (I'm don't think he's a monk - maybe a priest - not sure).