The Srebrenica genocide was a dark chapter in an already nasty Balkan conflict. One group committed ethnic cleansing against another, as a largely passive international community helplessly, and needlessly, watched it from the sidelines.
As Sundance heads into its mythic second weekend -- of which many have heard but few dare endure -- all trappings of mainstream movie civilization fall away: plot resolution, reliable narrators, temporal continuity.
A society that once stood for peace and mutual respect is, for now, free of ongoing collective violence, but has also been shorn of its legacy of intercommunal cooperation. What progress has been made for the ordinary people of Bosnia-Herzegovina?
For me the pain is still very real. I can't just watch this film, step out of the movie theater, and resume a normal life. That's not a luxury I have. War changes people and leaves a mark on the soul. Angelina's movie tries to capture that change.
UN personnel must be held accountable for violations of the law and administrative cover-ups of misdeeds. It should not take a Hollywood film to shame the UN Secretariat and member states into remedying this disgraceful situation.