The Eclipse, a film by Serbian-born and Oslo-based director Nataša Urban, the winner of this year’s main CPH:DOX DOX:AWARD Competition, is connected to the actual war in Ukraine in more than one way. Briefly put, it shows that those surprised by what is taking place in Ukraine today must have had a total eclipse; that is, they have completely forgotten the war in Yugoslavia from just a few decades ago. And because of this, Urban’s intelligently constructed, courageously frank testimony of the people who spent that war living almost literally on the war front came just on time. How can one not remember seeing this same ruthless looting by the recruits who were sent to defend their nation from the neighbours across the border but have been actually permitting the totalitarian regime of Slobodan Milošević to persist? It has already lost its political legitimacy and economic grounds, so for many, the looting was their main source of income. And how can one not recognise, in the cruelty of the restless shelling of public and residential buildings and snipers targeting people waiting for water and bread, the one and same criminal-military tactics?
Why did the Serbs not speak up
During the 1980s, I was an editor and a journalist of the main Slovene oppositional venue, the magazine Mladina and at the end of the decade, we were used to the threats. But we were only demanding freedom of speech, a more democratic form of government, and a more . . .
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