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Eastern Europe History & Politics

Media by Milosevic

Describes the career of the brutal Yugoslavian dictator Slobodan Milosevic and his use of mass media to gather support for himself and extreme Serbian nationalist activities, through two wars and beyond. The program illustrates how, once in office, Milosevic performed an intricate balancing act, controlling information and the media to safeguard his reign and accomplish his ends--including concentration camps and ethnic cleansing.

Messengers from Moscow.

In this four part history of the Cold War told from the Soviet point of view, Soviet political leaders, military personnel and spies who ran their country speak candidly about what the Soviet Union really wanted during the 40-year-long Cold War. c1995. 53-55 min. each installment. Program 1, The Struggle for Europe. Recounts the story of Stalin's attempt to take control of Germany and Western Europe in the aftermath of World War II.

Milosevic on Trial

An examinination of the Hague's criminal tribunal of Slobodon Milosevic for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity, the longest and most extensive war-crimes trial since WWII. Spanning the entire case history from 2002-2006, the documentary features footage of the trial, back-room planning sessions, discussions of Milosevic's defense strategy. Interviews include Milosevic's wife Mira Markovic, his legal advisors, the lead prosecutors, and local investigators. The documentary also visits the sites of atrocities to provide additional background history for the viewer.

Mirror to History: Confronting War Crimes in Bosnia

In this grassroots documentary, the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia and top political officials, as well as civilians and victims, help demystify the Bosnian conflict while exposing truths about the nature of prosecuting individuals for crimes against humanity. 2000. 52 min.


Directed by V.I. Pudovkin. A heroic young revolutionary gives his life fighting against the misery and poverty of Tsarist Russia in the futile prewar revolution of 1905, and in so doing, brings about the political awareness of his own mother. 88 min.

My Perestroika: A Nation's History is Personal

Follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times, from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Directed and filmed by Robin Hessman. c2010. 87 min.
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My Russian Friends.

Steven Schecter returns to Russia and films his Russian friends as they comment on their lives in Russia. 58 min.

My Son Shall be Armenian

A group of six Armenian-Canadians travel to Armenia to interview survivors of the 1915 genocide and their descendants, exploring issues of ethnic identity, genocide, and reconciliation along the way. A film by Hagop Goudsouzian. 2004. 52 min.

Mythmaking: The Balkans:

A Look at the News Coverage of the War in the Former Yugoslavia. Various historians, media critics and activists critically examine the mainstream media and the misleading news coverage of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. They discuss the consequences of oversimplified and dramatic reporting of this complex issue. 29 min.

Neither Here Nor There

The personal journey of the aftermath of the Bosnian War with interwoven stories of the Selimovic family from Srebrenica who resettled in Columbia, Missouri after the fall of the former UN "safe area" that resulted in genocide. Ten years later, the family re-visits the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnians, considered the worst single act of genocide in Europe since the end of the Second World War ... Traces the complexities of starting over in a new place when ties to the past remain unbreakable. Directed and edited by Kerry Yost, Beth Pike, Stephen Hudnell, Elizabeth Federici.