Yesterday, on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo and the start of World War I, the documentary film “Dugo putovanje u rat” (‘The Long Road to War’), directed by Miloš Škundrić, was aired on Netflix.
This is the first Serbian documentary film to be aired on Netflix and the domestic film with the largest distribution so far on this streaming platform.
The film was made in the period between 2014 and 2018 and, as the release states, is the world’s first documentary film on one of the most important topics in modern world history, World War I. With the help of eminent world historians and the use of film and documentary archival material from the Yugoslav Film Archive and 15 other world archives, this “political thriller” follows political events in Europe from the late 19th century to the July Crisis of 1914 and focuses on World War I, which was planned and prepared for years before the Sarajevo assassination.
Airing on Netflix will allow viewers to see the Serbian take on the event and for the first time to become available to such a large worldwide audience.
“Dugo putovanje u rat” premiered at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival in March 2018, and had its television premiere on RTS in 2018, marking the centenary of the end of World War I, with an audience of more than two million viewers.
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