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8000 men and children were murdered in what was supposed to be a United Nations safe zone over twenty years ago. To this day, Srebrenica is the only incident within a three year-long bloody campaign that is classified as genocide. Produced by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, ‘Forgotten Genocide’ lays bare the truths long left unspoken. ‘Forgotten Genocide’ was released on 13 July 2015.
Both moving and informative the documentary uses archival footage of the war to illustrate the oft-forgotten years of the early to mid ’90s when nearly 100,000 Bosnian lives were lost, women were raped and children were sent to concentration camps. Complete with personal accounts from survivors, the testimonies of prisoners and interviews with the likes of Murat Tahirovic – president of the Association of Witnesses and Victims of Genocide – a compelling but devastating picture is painted.
The film traces the beginnings of the war from the collapse of former Yugoslavia and follows the intentioned killing of civilians and pillaging of land using expert testimony to argue that the entirety of the war constitutes genocide. Director Assed Baig describes it as ‘an important opportunity to remember and recognise a truly tragic history that has never been paid its due respect.’
Director: Assed Baig
Assistant producer: Selma Fisekovic
Translator: Amra Suljic
Camera: Darrell Williams and Turab Shah
Editor: Dhruv Shah
Graphics: Ibrahim Sadikovic
Researcher: Thania Uddin
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Archive Footage: Hayat TV, Radio televizija Tuzlanskog kantona.
Producer: Arzu Merali
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