Personal war story ramps up the emotion at Sarajevo’s True Stories Market

Screen | 8/21/2019 | Vladan Petkovic
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The fourth edition of Sarajevo Film Festival’s True Stories Market, which spotlights true stories from the region’s recent troubled history with a view to bringing them to wider audiences, saw one particularly personal story capture the audience’s attention.

Presenting her own story, Iva Radić recounted her early life in the city of Vukovar on the Croatian side of the border with Serbia, the setting for some of the bloodiest events of the Balkan Wars. Like many people from this region, she was the product of a mixed marriage - a Serbian mother and a Croatian father, who had a physical disability and did not fight in the war. When the war reached Vukovar, the Radić family fled to Serbia.

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“Upon our return to Vukovar, soldiers of the Yugoslav Peoples’ Army stopped our car not far from the Velepromet storage facility, which had been converted into a make­shift prison camp,” said Radić. “They ordered my mother, my sister, my father who suffered from muscular dystrophy, and me out of the car, and took us to be interrogated. They separated my father from the rest of us, and took him way to be questioned. That was the last time we saw him. After ten days, they put my mother, my sister and me on a bus to Serbia.”

Those events took place in November of 1991, when Radić was eight years old.

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She has spent the past 28 years searching for her father and she says she will not stop until he gets a proper burial. Playing a clip from the independent Serbian TV show TV Justice, the audience saw her talking to her former neighbours, including her father’s friend who is charged with rape and the family of a man who tried to rape her mother.

There were three further stories presented at the True Stories...
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