The making of the documentary film about the disastrous effects of the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia will start in two weeks’ time.
The film will be translated in eight languages, and the producers are working towards having the Russian film director, Nikita Mikhalkov, and the Hollywood star, Johnny Depp involved.
The film will be made in over 100 locations across Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia, Montenegro, the Republic of Srpska and other places in the Balkans which were polluted with the depleted uranium from NATO bombs.
After the premiere in Serbia, which will take place the 20th anniversary of the NATO aggression on 24th March, 2019, the film will be screened across the world.
The film’s producer, Nemanja Nedeljkovic, says that the film has the support of the Initial Committee for Determining the Effects of NATO Bombing, formed mid-last year. The film will depict the extent of the suffering, and the stories of the victims of bombing, both those who died as a direct result of it, and those that died or could die due to the exposure to carcinogenic depleted uranium, or pyralene that has polluted Serbian soil and water.
“I do not expect anybody from the NATO to agree to an interview. Actually, my intention is not to do a film that shows the views of both sides. I want to present our arguments. Whoever disagrees with them, can make their own film. Perhaps some people, whose own interests will be jeopardized by this film, will brand it as propaganda, as will probably those who had succumbed to the then very perfidiously created collective opinion about us. All in all, the film will not depict anything that is not scientifically provable”, says Nedeljkovic.
The documentary’s title is not yet known, but according to the producers, it will be made as a semi-fictional story. The opening sequence will depict a dream of a child in a classroom, a woman in a lab, a classroom teacher, children at a football field … Their dream is broken by an air raid siren and then the first bomb. What follows after that is a series of flash backs about everyday life in Serbia in 1999 – a mother is bidding farewell to her husband and son who are going to the war, a mother running with her children for the children etc.
Scientists from several countries have agreed to appear in the film, including some from a Swedish institute at which 42 scientists, including 30 university professors, have been campaigning against the use of depleted uranium in weapons. There will be also appearances by several scientists from the chemical institute in France, as well as from Berkeley and institutions in Italy. These scientists are all contacts of neurosurgeon Professor Danica Grujicic, PhD, physico-chemist Zorka Vukmirovic, and Professor Jasmina Vujic.
“This is a great thing and for the first time in almost 20 years, we showing the world the irrefutable evidence which will be presented to people all over the world in an understandable language”, says Professor Danica Grujicic, one of the initiators of the initiative to examine the consequences of NATO bombing on people and the environment.
“The time has come for us, as a country, to use the power of the media to show the truth, instead of constantly being battered by the media”, professor Grujicic adds.
There are corroborated arguments and realistic reasons why the effects of the NATO aggression should be examined, namely the increased number of patients with malignant diseases, leukemia, sterility, and autoimmune diseases for which there is no other explanation other than they are the consequences of large-scale incident such as the NATO bombing. The number of people dying from leukemia has increased by 139% since the bombing, while Serbia has twice more children suffering from malignant diseases than the European average.
The film crew has managed to find several Albanians, mainly doctors and ordinary people, willing to talk about how they suffered under the NATO bombing. “We spoke to an Albanian family from Prizren whose child was killed in the NATO bombing”, the film’s producers say. “If the growing number of people with cancer can be related to an environmental disaster, than the Albanians are in a awful position since their healthcare system is undeveloped”, the producers add.
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