The Stories of Suffering During the Balkan War Explained in Women War & Peace

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In the 1990s, war engulfed the Balkans. Part of the purpose was a method called ethnic cleansing and in that cleansing, thousands of women were raped and killed by Serb military men. Part one of the “Women War & Peace” special, titled “I Came to Testify” follows the process of the international court of law as 16 women take the stand against the general during the war, Ratko Mladic. The purpose of this documentary is to tell the stories of those who suffered during the war and lived to tell their story and get justice for the heinous acts committed against them. I believe that this documentary was very well done in showing the 16 women stand up for themselves for the first time and break their silence years after the war. They only spoke, …show more content…
In the 1990s, war engulfed the Balkans. Part of the purpose was a method called ethnic cleansing and in that cleansing, thousands of women were raped and killed by Serb military men. Part one of the “Women War & Peace” special, titled “I Came to Testify” follows the process of the international court of law as 16 women take the stand against the general during the war, Ratko Mladic. The purpose of this documentary is to tell the stories of those who suffered during the war and lived to tell their story and get justice for the heinous acts committed against them. I believe that this documentary was very well done in showing the 16 women stand up for themselves for the first time and break their silence years after the war. They only spoke, however, on the condition that no one sees their faces or hears their actual voices to protect their identity. Only the people inside the court could see and hear them. I believe this added to the successfulness of the documentary because it added to the seriousness of the idea that the women were breaking their silence, since their lives were still in danger and they could be killed if the enemies found out they had told the court of the wrongdoings done on them by the Serb military. There does not seem to be a specific target audience, however, I feel that mostly women would more easily relate to this documentary. Since the documentary is mostly filled with personal narratives and interviews about their near-death experiences, women

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