Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War Image
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  • Summary: A documentary which traces how crucial mistakes made by the West helped lead to the unnecessary breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, culminating in the devastating NATO bombing campaign in 1999. (Frontier Theatre and Film Inc.)
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
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  1. Does an impressive job of relating the complicated history of the war and of filling in the background.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    60
    As persuasive and exhaustive as the film's evidence is, the stock footage of charred corpses and bombed-out communities demands more than the smug talking heads that Bogdanich presents, safe in their offices and comfortable with their rightness.
  3. 50
    Claims to sort the bad guys from the good, which is its essential problem.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    As Lord Peter Carrington, former mediator of the European Community, points out, a case can be made for all sides in this highly complicated civil war.
  5. Bogdanich turned in an exhaustively thorough document that sheds some light on a tragedy that remains shadowy to those outside its domain.
  6. 50
    Bogdanich's film contends that the bombing of Yugoslavia by NATO in 1999 was the result of blunders by the West, and that the forces supported by the United States in Bosnia and Kosovo are allied with Osama bin Laden.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. GoranM
    Apr 29, 2008
    10
    The truth is to much to handle for some. Finnaly the other side of the story
  2. MilanL.
    Sep 6, 2006
    10
    this movie reveals the other side of the coin by peoples involved in many ways in that tragic war that has been orchestrated (and still is) by US and its allies. Hopefully, sooner or later, the real through will be known and this documentary is one step in that direction. Expand
  3. GeorgeB.
    Mar 13, 2006
    10
    It's almost amazing to think how some people would say this movie was dishonest, racist, and untrue. That is exactly what this whole movie counters on how this war was started!? This balkan war was all about lies, well documented high powered PR firms, and "deals". It's very refreshing to finally hear and view "the other side" to every story. This is a must see for anyone that consider's themselves objective, open-minded, intellectual, and someone that is capable of hearing someone one else out! This entire Balkan tradegy really could have been avoided if there weren't other motives$$$. No more Yugoslavia, but now the "New Yugoslavia" is Bosnia and Hercegovina... Those of you who have ripped this documentary apart now know what it still feels like when you hear nothing but a one-sided story! Again thank you George Bogdanich for showing the world that this war is not that "Black-and-White" but very grey and complex. The stance with the Serbian community has always been "everyone is to blame" but when for the last 10-15 years we've heard only one side, it's great to see and hear out in the media this rare "one side" of a truly 3 sided story. Remember it wasn't Serbia that Declared war on the "mult-enthnic" Yugoslavia. Expand
  4. John
    Feb 26, 2008
    10
    Can You handle the truth, as the same as 911, it WAS staged to make money.
  5. GezimeH.
    Nov 12, 2007
    1
    This documentary is a joke! The least objective one I've ever seen. Fabrication of facts, biased, selected interviewees... Just terrible.
  6. RobbieL.
    Apr 14, 2005
    0
    Interesting for all the wrong reasons. Promoted as an expose of how Western countries mishandled the Yugoslavia wars of the 1990s, it's really something totally different -- a whiny, dishonest, sometimes outright racist, nearly three-hour excuse-a-thon on behalf of Serbian murderers. And the more you look into this horrid little propaganda film, the more you discover its fascinating connections not only to the Serbs themselves but also to a network of American right-wing extremists. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2012
    0
    Worst "documentary" ever. The most biased piece of s**t I've seen in my life. Completely full of pure propaganda. The fact is that It was not an "avoidable war" at all. Expand

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