Just a Witness (2016)

'Just a Witness' (2016) - Documentary film by independent journalist and reporter Milenko Srećković. The movie deals with ethnic cleansing committed after the arrival of NATO troops in Kosovo. The interviewee Paul Polansky speaks about his experiences as the UNHCR Advisor on the issue of Roma people. For his work in Kosovo, the German Nobelist Günter Grass nominated Polansky for the City of Weimar Human Rights Award, which he received in 2004. His story reveals unspeakable injustices done to non-Albanian minorities, especially Roma people, and about indifference of NATO troops and other international actors when it comes to protection of basic human rights of various ethnic groups living in Kosovo.

Polansky also speaks about terrible living conditions, poverty and inadequate or nonexistent healthcare of inhabitants of Roma campsites, about them being disabled to find any employment, regardless of their skills or education, as well as about systematic reduction of their number at the same time when foreign military and administrative bodies do not allow them to leave their residences and migrate to other countries at their own will.

Polansky himself spent more than 16 years in mentioned campsites in Kosovo helping Roma people and fighting for their rights. Beside being UNHCR advisor, he is well-renowned poet, writer and human rights activist.

  • Milenko Srećković
    Director
  • Milenko Srećković
    Writer
  • Pokret za slobodu
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    38 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 2, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Serbia
  • Country of Filming:
    Serbia
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Milenko Srećković

Milenko Srećković - independent journalist and reporter. Lives in Kragujevac, Serbia.

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