Croatia, Europe and the Twilight of Heroes

A film by Fritz Ofner, Gerald Knaus

A 2012, 52 Min.

Synopsis

 

Part of ORF’s BALKAN EXPRESS documentary series:

 

After Yugoslavia’s breakup, Croatia was torn apart by fighting, and Serbian troops occupied a considerable portion of the country’s territory. Croatian forces were then able to retake it by 1995, and the country was considered a victor of the war. A caste of politicians around President Tudjman made him out to be the father of the nation. 

But just a short time later, the reality of Europe caught up with the war heroes: The international court in The Hague brought charges for war crimes and large-scale expulsions of the Serbian population, and extradition of the responsible parties was made the main criterion for Croatian EU membership.

 

The film tells the story of these godfathers of the nation – and how the forces working for a civil society struggle to deal with this blood-stained past.

 

Credits

Director:

Fritz Ofner

 

Script:

Gerald Knaus

 

Idea & Concept:

Knut Neumayer

Martin Traxl

Gerald Knaus

 

Research:

Kristof Bender

Snjezana Vukic

 

Photography:

Christian Haake

Fritz Ofner

 

Sound:

Atanas Tcholakov

Peter Kutin

 

Production Management:

Snjezana Vukic

 

Editor:

Max Kliewer

 

Producers:

Markus Glaser

Michael Kitzberger

Wolfgang Widerhofer

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

 

Production:

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH

 

in coproduction with:

ORF

 

an initiative of ERSTE Stiftung

in cooperation with ESI - European Stability Initiative

 

with support of:

Fernsehfonds Austria / RTR

 

Dates

20.12.2012 23:35

ORF III

26.11.2012 22:00

3sat

21.10.2012 23:05

ORF 2

with support of

orf
3Sat_WS
ESI_Web
ErsteStiftung-Logo-WEB
fernsehfonds_austria

Production

ngf