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Eastern Europe History & Politics

Bosnia: Peace Without Honor

Traces the roots of the Bosnian conflict through the 1992-1995 efforts of America's Cyrus Vance and British diplomat Lord David Owen to negotiate a lasting peace. Both diplomats expose the role of world powers in brokering, mediating, and at times exacerbating the regional conflict. Owen attributes failures to establish an equitable regional government to the election of Bill Clinton and the resulting American foreign policy shifts--particularly the placement of UN troops in strategic Serbian sites. Originally produced as a television program in the BBC series Panorama in 1995. 40 min.

Bought and Sold

Based on a two year undercover investigation conducted by the Global Survival Network into the illegal trafficking in women from the Former Soviet republics, this documentary features interviews with traffickers, Russian mafia, trafficked women, and groups working to provide services to these women. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 1997. 42 min.

Related web sites:Witness web site

Bourgeois Dctionary.

A film by Peter Forgacs. Having carefully collected home movies filmed in Hungary, particularly from the thirties and forties, Forgacs explores the historical and the cultural via the private. In Bourgeois dictionary he examines the tragic fate of those who lie at the silent heart of books and films produced in the post-communist moment. "I wanted neither to be sentimental, nor to construct worlds only of those under repression and segregation. I don't know how I would behave in such circumstances .. the account is there, you have to face it ...

Brave New World, 1945. (The Peoples' Century )

Just over fifty years ago, Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe and rejoiced at the defeat of Nazi Germany but their optimism was short lived. This film tracks the building tensions between these two superpowers, from the post-war world of the late 1940s through the early 1960s, as the hope for peace swiftly disintegrated into a "cold" war. Here eyewitnesses recall the meeting on the Elbe, the impact of Stalin, Churchill and Khrushchev, propaganda wars between the two nations, the Berlin blockade, the Hungarian uprising and the installation of the Berlin Wall. 1998. 56 min.

Bringing Down a Dictator

In 2000, Slobodan Milosevic fought to hold power in Yugoslavia. His opponents were led by a student movement called Otpor! (Serbian for "resistance"), who attacked the regime with ridicule, rock music, and a willingness to be arrested. Their courage and audacity inspired others to overcome their fear and join the fight, leading to Milosevic's fall from power, arrest, and extradition to the Hague to stand trial for crimes against humanity. c2002. 56 min.

Calling the Ghosts (Prozivanje duhova)

Women survivors of Omarska Detention Camp describe the camp and the situation in Bosnia and Herzagovnia. Their release and recovery process are also described. Written and directed by Mandy Jacobson and Karmen Jelinic 1996. 60 min.

Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

Reviews and articles:
Goodman, Walter. " Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women." New York Times v146 (Mon, March 3, 1997):B8(N), C16(L), col 4, 11 col in.


When Kazakhstan moved its capital to Astana, a dusty village in the steppe was transformed into an ultra-modern city. As Astana celebrates its tenth anniversary, we see vignettes of life in a place that is growing at an astounding pace, a place that brings together human, cultural, and economic capital.

Cheated of Childhood. (Life; 38)

The city of St. Petersburg, Russia has become home to a generation of street children who survive by begging, informal child labor or prostitution. This segment looks at the work of the International Labor Organization, whose efforts to rescue and rehabilitate these street children is an wholly new phenomenon in Russia. c2002. 23 min.

Chechnya (Chechnya: Russia's Human Rights Nightmare.)

First segment: An update on the ongoing conflict in Russia's Chechnya with comments from Sergei Kovalev, Russia's former Commissioner of Human Rights, and Ludmilla Thorne, a human rights specialist at Freedom House. Second segment: Thomas Goltz's video diary about the village of Somashki in Chechnya and its efforts to defend itself from the Russian army's assault. Third segment: An exclusive interview with Fred Cuny, a disaster relief specialist and human rights activist who traveled to Chechnya in 1995 where he has been missing and is now presumed dead. Broadcast April 23, 1994.


This film crew was the first in the disaster zone following the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. They shot continuously for more than three months. Portions of the film are exposed with white blotches--a radiation leakage. 53 min. 1986.--The BamZone: The Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad in Siberia is called the longest monument to the stagnation of the Brezhnev years. Behind the marches and songs praising the project, equipment was breaking down, lives were broken and souls became calloused. 18 min. 1987.