'Collateral Damage' accepted to film festivals

Jeffrey Brown

PRAGUE, Aug 9, 2000 -- (EIN) Documenting the "unintended consequences" of NATO's bombing campaign in the Balkans, a new fifty-three minute English film documentary, Collateral Damage: The Balkans After NATO's Air War, has been accepted to United Nations Human Rights Film Festival and San Antonio Documentary Film Festival.

Five months after NATO ended its air war against Yugoslavia, two of Washington's new breed of hands-on policy analysts, Gary Dempsey and Aaron Lukas, joined journalist Jeffrey Brown in visiting the Balkans to examine patrols in Kosovo cities where NATO troops are stationed, inspect bombed-out industrial complexes in Serbia, and interview Macedonians, Romanians and Bulgarians who have suffered because of the war. Recently screened in the U.S. for the first time, Collateral Damage is a record of their findings.

According to United Press International's review of the documentary, "NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia weakened the democratic opposition in that country, crippled its independent media, and gave despot Slobodan Milosevic the opening to blame the West for his own failings. These [are] among the views expressed by the Balkan subjects of the new documentary film Collateral Damage: The Balkans After NATO's Air War.

More than simply a look at Kosovo, the film examines the economic, political and social fallout across the Balkan region after NATO bombing.

With elections scheduled this fall in Yugoslavia and Kosovo viewers will appreciate a film which gives great insight to the unintended consequences of bombing on the entire region and allows them to better understand the constantly changing face of the Balkans and the political and economic development in the region after NATO bombing.

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