|Title: Serbia in a Garbage Container
Author: Janko Baljak
Photography: Sandra Stojanović
Editors: Barbara Bogavac and Aleksandra Milovanović
Production: TV B92 (2003)
A documentary about the economic and moral collapse of a country and its people.
Is the collapse of the ongoing reforms something that Serbia cannot avoid? Why were all the leaders who were trying to usher the country into Europe removed? How do vested economic interests associate politicians with organised crime?
SERBIA IN A GARBAGE CONTAINER is not only a story about the death of the reforms and tragic misfortunes of the reformers after the death of Josip Broz Tito until the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.
This film analyses in detail what the main cause for the collapse of the reforms; it speaks out about the "curse of the reformers" who are doomed to end up between a rock and a hard place caused by tensions in the society, political pressure, weak institutions....
At the same time, the answers to the following questions are sought for:
- How the culture of organised crime sprouted from the ruins of the former Yugoslavia during Slobodan Milosevic's reign, crumbling all the structures of society?
- Did all the horrors begin with the Eighth Session of the Serbian Communist Party?
- Was the reform of Ante Markovic the first or the last missed opportunity to change the course of history of Serbia and its neighbours?
- Was there a cunningly devised and organised system for robbing the citizens of their savings during Milosevic's reign?
- Who helped Milosevic to destroy the single Yugoslav economic market in the common - How did the army, police and the media help preserve the financial interests of the Serbian regime?
- Why were the efforts of former Yugoslav Bank governor Dragoslav Avramovic thwarted at the very outset, when the introduction of a healthy currency could expose corruption in state administration?
- Were huge resources and facilities of the society destroyed in the 1999 bombing, or perhaps, did the bombing actually save the Serbian economy and accelerate Milosevic's fall?
- Why did the economic aspects have a crucial impact on the fall of Slobodan Milosevic and the events of October 5th? Why did some interest groups survive after both Milosevic and Djindjic?
- Was the assassinated premier Zoran Djindjic a Serbian John Kennedy? How much time do we need to find out whether this is true or not?
SERBIA IN A GARBAGE CONTAINER explores whether our experience could help us break the vicious circle of the reformers' curse?