August 30th 2010 12:18:07 PM
I recently blogged about the Angelina Jolie directorial debut to be shot in Serbia. The film is about a Bosnian Muslim female and a Serbian soldier who fall in love during the 90s war. So I just wanted to share the thoughts of source/reader/writer Stella Jatras, who thinks the scenario sounds familiar:
Gee! I wonder where they got that idea — perhaps from [an Oct. 1994] report out of Japanese TV [about “Sarajevo’s Romeo and Juliet”], which states, “The Japanese State Television NHK said Friday that a Muslim-Serb fiancé couple was murdered by Bosnian Muslims rather than Serbs on Sarajevo’s Vrbanja Bridge in May 1993. A 50-minute documentary containing both Bosnian Serb and Muslim testimonies collected by Japanese reporters, said Muslims were responsible for the murder of Serb Bosko Brckic, 25, and his Muslim fiancé, Admira Ismic, 25, whom western media has nick-named ‘Sarajevo’s Romeo and Juliet’.
“The documentary contained testimonies by the couple’s parents, Bosko’s best friend Misa who has found refuge in Belgrade and notorious Sarajevo paramilitary leader called ‘Celo’ who said Bosko and Admira had left Sarajevo’s Muslim-held section aiming to cross the Vrbanja Bridge on to the Serb-held section. They said the couple was prompted to do so because the Muslims had beaten and tortured Bosko and threatened to kill him.
“The couple finally decided to leave after Muslim authorities told Bosko he would be drafted into their army and threatened to send him to the frontline to fight the Serbs and then kill him there.
“Before leaving Sarajevo, Bosko and Admira had assurances from both the Serb and the Muslim sides that they would be allowed to cross the bridge safely. Bosko’s pre-war friendship with [Celo] was his ticket out. Both Serb and Muslim testimonies in the documentary showed that the Muslims would have done anything to have Bosko shot because he refused to fight against the Serbs.
“The embraced bodies of Bosko and Admira had been lying on the bridge for days as no one, in fear of sniper fire, dared remove them. Bosko and Admira were buried side by side.”
According to the Wikipedia entry about Bosko and Admira, it is still unclear who shot the couple, but an undefinitive clue comes from the original May 1993 report by the late Reuters reporter Kurt Schork, who wrote that the couple were shot at while still making their way through Bosnian lines, on their way to a Serb-held neighborhood. Of course, just logically: Aside from the Bosnian-Muslim M.O. being precisely to not keep their word on anything promised to any infidel parties, one would have to wonder why Serbs would shoot at them if they had chosen Serbia over Sarajevo.
Here is a mention of CNN lying that it was a Serb sniper that shot them, and in 2008 the New Zealand Herald repeated the lie, with an Irfan Yusuf writing, “One tragic image of the war was two young lovers, a Bosnian Serb, Bosko Brkic, and his Bosnian Muslim girlfriend, Admira Ismic, gunned down by Serb snipers while attempting to flee Sarajevo.”
Bottom line: Not only will the Jolie film be the usual anti-Serb schlock, but it sounds like yet another Hollywood inversion.
Below is just an update on the film’s progress, from Aug. 20:
The famous Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie is coming to Belgrade on September 3 to agree with Serbian producing house ‘Abarit’ shooting of a movie in Serbia and the region. The film shall be the first directed by her. The producer shall be Filip Gajic, a reputable Belgrade director. In one of minor roles there shall appear Rade Serbedzija, while Angelina shall be in the leading female role.
The ‘Abarit’ was a co-producer of a film ‘The Myth of Sizif’ that Angelina decided to make after her recent visit to refugee camps in Bosnia/Herzegovina.
According to our source the film shall be a love story between two people who found themselves on opposite sides during wars in former Yugoslavia.
“Angelina Jolie hit Bosnia over the weekend to meet with some political officials there to discuss refugees and shooting a movie there.”
In an unrelated follow-up to recent posts, we see that the “Serb returnee” village of Zac in Kosovo has been attacked yet again.
Kosovo: Returnee homes damaged again
24 August 2010 | Source: Beta
ŽAČ — Unknown perpetrators once again demolished a part of a wall of a Serb returnee’s house under construction in the Kosovo village of Žač.
Representative of the Serb returnees Nebojša Drljević says that the incident happened on Monday at around 21:30 CET.
Kosovo police, KPS, spokesman for the Peć region Zeqir Kelmendi has confirmed that the wall was demolished last night.
“Two suspects, who participated in the stoning of the returnees’ camp before, were arrested last night and they have admitted demolishing the wall in a house which is being built for Serb returnees,” Kelmendi stated.
According to Drljević, the returnees are upset about the incident which happened only a week after two walls on another house [were] demolished, and concrete blocks for the construction of two more houses in the village were broken.
A day later, a newly cleaned well, from which the construction workers and the returnees were taking water, had been covered with soil.
Representatives of Kosovo police said at the time that three underage ethnic Albanians had been detained over the incident and that several persons were investigated
Drljević stressed that some returnees announced that they would leave the camp because they did not feel that the Kosovo Albanian authorities were showing the will to prevent the attacks on the returnees and their properties and the houses which were being built by the Kosovo Return and Communities Ministry.
Ever since the group of Serb families, driven out of their homes and land in 1999, returned in March, they were subjected to various forms of pressure, including shots being fired and stones thrown at their temporary tent camp, while two returnees were physically attacked.
Local ethnic Albanians also staged protests against the returnees, saying they had been involved in war crimes. The Serbs, however, believe that the opposition to their return stems from the Albanians’ wish to continue usurping their farmland.