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OPERATION STORM

LED TO THE END OF THE WAR IN CROATIA AND BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

This feature length documentary film focuses on the final decisive battle of the Croatian War for Independence (1995) and the unsubstantiated charges of international war crimes brought by the Hague Tribunal against Croatia. 

This remarkable Croatian military liberation operation "Storm" led to the return of most Croatian territory occupied and seized by Serbian terrorists and Chetniks in the recent war (1991-1995). The success of Operation Storm eliminated the risk of mass genocide by the enemy had the city of Bihac in Bosnia and Herzegovina fallen, thus preventing the threat of a new Srebrenica. Most importantly, it allowed for the Dayton Agreement to be signed, ending the war and initiating the peace process in the former Yugoslav Republics.  Bihac, with its 150,000 residents, veterans, refugees and displaced persons was a designated UN safe zone, as was the city of Srebrenica.  After the Srebrenica massacre, in which the Serbian army and Chetniks ignored that status and killed close to 8,000 men, women and children in two days, the Serbian army directed all its efforts toward the city of Bihac with the same goal.  This documentary film clarifies the role of the Croatian army and its commanders, Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, in this little-known episode that prevented a massive humanitarian disaster.  The film demonstrates that Croatia, along with its army and generals, deserve commendation from the world community, if not a Nobel Peace Prize, but instead had to fight a long battle in The Hague to clear its name. 

Film Genre: Documentary

Country:Croatia / USA

Director: Nikola Knez

Screenwriters: Dr. Dorothy McClellan & Dr. Miroslav Međimorec

Production company: iFilms LLC & Croatian Film Institute

Color, English