The Death Of Yugoslavia, a BBC documentary


First broadcast in 1995 shortly after the end of the bitter and bloody Yugoslav war, the documentary The Death Of Yugoslavia is one of the best films of its kind available, despite being nearly 20 years old. The film covers the breakup of Yugoslavia and the wars and ethnic cleansing that followed. What makes the documentary unique is that it showcases (at least for that time) a lot of previously unknown footage with interviews containing many of the main personages in the conflict, such as Slobodan Milošević, Radovan Karadžić, Franjo Tuđman, Alija Izetbegović, Richard Holbrooke and many others, some who were later tried for war crimes. Though at times graphic and extremely sad, the film is one of the best ways for those unfamiliar with the conflict between Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina to learn about it relatively quickly.

The six-part series also won a BAFTA award in 1996.

Part 1

This first installment of the series describes the causes of what led to the breakup of Yugoslavia and the effects of rising Serb nationalism.

Part 2

The second installment summaries growing nationalism in the other republics of Yugoslavia and demands for independence. The central Serb-dominated government in Belgrade starts supplying Serb groups in the other republics with support and arms and even with clandestine assistance from the regular army.

Part 3

This leads to the outbreak of war throughout the country and Slovenia and Croatia formally seceding from Yugoslavia.

Part 4

After the war between Serbia and Croatia winds down, the Serbs focus on Bosnia, where many of their ethnic kin live. This starts some of the most brutal and horrifying events of the war.

Part 5

The conflict gets worse with the town of Srebrenica the site of a huge massacre of Muslims perpetrated by the Bosnian Serb army.

Part 6

The Dayton accords and the arrival of a comprehensive peace agreement between the parties involved.

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