Two new films are now available online at the DFI Film Centre, and each focuses on wars in the Balkans. The first film focuses on the strategic use of rape in war and offers struggles for justice. The second film is a portrait of Robert Cooper, the European Union’s chief negotiator, in his attempt to secure a deal between Serbia and Kosovo on the latter’s future and independence.
Rape as a Weapon for War
Every day meet a group of women in a society located in a suburb of Sarajevo. All have a common history. The association is the film’s focal point, and here we find the film’s origins. During the war in the Balkans in the years 1992-1995 will be between 40-50,000 women raped. Rape is used as a war strategy, just as we are seeing through hundreds of years of war history. In the film we see how mass rape destroys not only the women who are victims of rape, but also entire families and communities for generations. For these victims are legal justice the only hope of achieving renewed self-esteem and integrity.
“I feel that we should leave the world a little better than we found it. How do you do the world a better answer is: little by little.” This is EU diplomat and chief negotiator Robert Cooper’s philosophical approach to his challenging task of negotiating a deal between Serbia and Kosovo – 13 years after the EU to great humiliation had been unable to save Kosovo in 1999.
Edita Tahiri from Kosovo, Borko Stefanovic from Serbia brings a tragic past to the negotiating table. Roberts strategy is not to open Pandora’s box, but to get the parties to look towards the future. Edita Tahiri want freedom for Kosovo, Borko Stefanovic will never recognize Kosovo’s independence. Robert Cooper has one thing he can offer, a perspective of future EU membership.