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Eastern Europe History & Politics

Yugoslavia: Origins of a War.

Using archival and unpublished materials, this film provides background to the ethnic conflicts raging in the former Yugoslavia as it examines the conflict's roots from the beginning of the twentieth century with the creation of Yugoslavia, the second World War, and the arrival of Tito. The program goes on to show how, from the early 1980's, stresses arose with the rise of nationalism and local extreminists in the republics, leading to "civil" war and the destruction of a state. A video by Christophe Talczewski. 200-? 58 min.

Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War

Extensive documentary analysis of the war in Yugoslavia, investigating how serious errors and misjudgments made by Western powers, particularly Germany and the United States, helped spark the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Features interviews with Lord Peter Carrington, James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Hans Dietrich Genscher -- as well as historians, academics, journalists, Balkans experts and senior military officers. It also questions the role the U.N. and NATO played in the events leading up to the conflict. c2001. 171 min.

Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War.

Documentary analysis of the war in Yugoslavia, investigating how serious errors and misjudgments made by Western powers, particularly Germany and the U.S., helped spark the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Features interviews with Lord Peter Carrington, James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Hans Dietrich Genscher and scholars. Questions the role the U.N. and NATO played in the events leading up to the conflict. Directed by George Bogdanich. 1999. 165 min.

[Khaldei, Evgenii] Evgueni Khaldei: Photographer Under Stalin

From Red Square to the Budapest Ghetto, the fall of the Reichstag to Yalta and the Nuremberg trials, Evgueni Khaldei chronicled many of the world's most important events with an artist's eye and a journalist's timing. Even after being hand-picked by Stalin, Khaldei was continuously made a victim of state-approved anti-Semitism. For the first time ever, Khaldei, the greatest Soviet photographer, takes us into his home for a tour and opens up his entire library covering the 60 years he spent as a photographer for his people and the Soviet regime.. 2001. 60 min.

[Trotsky, Leon] Asaltar los cielos

Depicts one of the most controversial historical events of the 20th century: The assassination of Leon Trotsky, a communist who was instrumental in founding the Red Army and the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. His assassin, Ramon Mercader, one of Lenin's most loyal followers remained a mystery his entire life. Directed by Javier Rioyo, Jose-Luis Lopez Linares. 1996. 96 min.

[Trotsky, Leon] Trotsky y Mexico: dos revoluciones del siglo XX

The documentary looks at the life of Trotsky and the Russian Revolution in relation to the Mexican Revolution. The first part of the film focuses on Trotsky's role in the Russian Revolution, and his actions that led to his exile. The second part shows the political and social situation in Mexico and its integration into the international scene when Trotsky arrived in 1937. Finally, the film looks at Trotsky's time in Mexico until his death. Directed by Adolfo Garc�a Videla. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2006. 28 min.

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