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Serbia - Exit Europe

Serbia - Exit Europe

Serbia is a divided country, and the border runs right through people's heads. On the one hand, there are people like Milorad Mirčić, who does not think rock 'n' roll has any political relevance. The deputy leader of the Serbian Radical Party also believes that the overthrow of the Milošević regime in 2000 was a coup d'état organised by the Americans. He calls reports of the genocide in Srebrenica "propaganda".

On the other hand, there are people like Nataša Kandić of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights who have been working for years to alter public perceptions. Nataša believes that Serbia must stop regarding itself as a victim and that the crimes committed in the name of Serbia should be made public. In 2005 she forwarded a video tape to the media that shows the execution of six Bosniaks from Srebrenica by members of the Serbian paramilitary unit The Scorpions.

Return to Europe shows that recently the borders in people's minds are beginning to crumble as Serbians develop a keener interest in more foresighted movements. For instance, the democrats won the elections in 2008 despite Kosovo's declaration of independence. It seems Serbia does want to be a part of Europe. The country has been given a new chance, says journalist Dejan Anastasijević. "However, we shouldn't underestimate the capacity of our politicians to fail to grab hold of a sure thing," he laughs grimly – past experience has taught him to be cynical.

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Facing Serbia's grim past. © 2008 pre tv. All rights reserved.

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Exit Europe, the film about Serbia, is not exactly what you'd call a comedy. It speaks about the attacks on courageous journalists, about dyed-in-the-wool nationalists, the assassination of Zoran Djindjić and the decline of the textile industry in Leskovac. And yet the film still manages to show the potential of a country that has suffered greater political upheavals in recent years than any other in the Balkans.

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