Documentary – Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War

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The new German Yugoslavia: the Avoidable War received a prominent screening at film festival in Berlin with some news-making footage. The German version contains an interview German reporter Renate Flottau who confirms that on two occasions while visiting the US backed Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic, she encountered Osama Bin-Ladin waiting in Bosnian President’s office. On October 17th a one week run began at the Nickeodeon Theater in Berlin for Best documentaries.


In June of 2002, the documentary “Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War” received A favorable critical and audience reception at a screening at Facets Multimedia in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune’s John Petrakis lauded the film and the run of the film was extended to two weeks from the original schedule of a one week screening. Also in June, the Belgrade independent television station B92, which was closed four times during the reign of Slobodan Milosevic, held a public screening followed by a widely followed television broadcast


“Yugoslavia the Avoidable War” had a strong launch upon its release at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in Manhattan on March 15. Set to run for one week in an afternoon time slot, the film sold out at early performances and was extended for three more weeks. It is still playing weekends on Saturday and Sundays at 4PM, as of the weekend of April 20-21.

People came to the New York screening from as far as Albany, NY and Baltimore, MD to see the film. Interviews with Director George Bogdanich on CNN, WBAI, WNYC and favorable reviews from the New York Times, Time Out New York, and the Onion helped bring people into the theater, but word of mouth kept people coming to see the comprehensive Best documentaries, two hour and 45 minute documentary.

In attendance were writers, journalists, former servicemen, peace activists, and United Nations and humanitarian workers. Journalists who attended included Germans, Russians, Greeks, as well as American journalists such as Marguerite Michaels of Time magazine’s Chicago bureau, who caught the film while she was in NYC and who also bought a copy of the videotape

“I was waiting for a film like this to tell the story I observed on the ground,” was the strongly favorable reaction to the film from Phillip Corwin,the United Nation’s top civilian official in Bosnia during the latter part of the war, and author of Dubious Mandate. Corwin participated in the question and answer session with the filmmakers that follow each screening at the Pioneer Theater. Vanni Capelli, a writer who spent considerable time covering the Bosnian conflict and who wrote an excellent historical perspective in the journal Mediterranean Quarterly, was among the enthusiastic supporters of the Best documentaries.


Co-producer George Bogdanich appeared on CNN’s “Diplomatic License” program hosted by UN Correspondent Richard Roth. Also on the program was Cedomir Kolar, producer of “No Man’s Land,” the Academy Award winner for this year’s Best documentaries┬ácategory. The two guests expressed different views on the origins of the war, but Richard Roth called both films worthy and urged viewers to see them. It was standing room only for a March 22 screening at the Woodrow Wilson Center, two blocks from the White House, that brought in a wide variety of inside-the-beltway types and led to a lively question and answer session late Friday afternoon when Washingtonians normally flee for home or out of town.

David Binder of the New York Times joined George Bogdanich in the Q & A offering his own perspective on issues, while others with deep background in Balkan history attended the session. including retired diplomat and author Walter Roberts and Alex Dragnich, author and Professor Emeritus from Vanderbilt University.


Three New York Police officers who served with the UN’s international police force in Bosnia attended screenings at the Pioneer Theater. Two of them, Mike Loyal and Ray Guthy, served in a highly contested area of Bosnia, the Brcko corridor, which is claimed by Serbs, Muslim and Croats. They offer a strong endorsement of the film. “Of the various accounts I’ve read and seen of the war in Bosnia in books and in film, ‘Yugoslavia The Avoidable War’ most truly reflects my own take on events there,” says Mike Loyal, who attended several screenings and brought different friends each time, including Ray Sanchez who trained with Ray Guthy and Loyal, but who served in northwestern Bosnia.

“Yugoslavia The Avoidable War” also generated favorable response from researchers and scholars who attended a recent conference at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University on April 13 and 14th. A screening was held for students at Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania on April 10, featuring a speech by George Bogdanich.

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