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Crucible of War (2003)

DVD | Color
45 min | Full Screen.

Directed by Leon Gerskovic
Produced by Erica Ginsberg
ISBN 978-0-8026-0176-6
Price:  $26.95* Home Video includes Public Library Circulation rights.
ISBN 978-0-8026-0177-3
Price:  $249.95**  Academic and Institutional price including Public Performance rights for non-paying audiences.
 
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"A personal journey through a landscape altered by violence, displacement and suffering as it awakes to possibilities of reconciliation. This film is recommended to all students of the war that destroyed the former Yugoslavia. It offers a vector of travel by a one-time insider that finds himself an outsider in places that are superficially familiar yet altered profoundly by the legacy of war. The questions it poses - about identity, borders, violence and the possibility of peace-building - have tremendous pedagogical potential for students of war, nationalism and post-conflict reconstruction."

-Dr. Gerard Toal. Professor, Virginia Tech

Summary What happens to ordinary people after the war is over, when the news cameras have stopped and aid workers have moved on to new hot spots?

This is what Leon Gerskovic was determined to find out when he returned to his homeland, what was once Yugoslavia. His journey took him and his team to Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia. There he met invisible refugees of a forgotten war, veterans questioning what they fought for, a woman trying to maintain the middle class life she once took for granted, and men who turned to music for rehabilitation and reconciliation.

This film captures people dealing with their own fears, prejudices, and hopes for the future--people who once believed that such tragedies and hardships could never happen to them.

As Gerskovic witnesses physical and psychological displacement years after the fighting ended, he also re-lives his own painful history.