A masterful synthesis of the four-year-long Croatian War for Independence!
" Award-winning film producer, Nikola Knez, has done it once again with his newly released (June, 2019) documentary, Operation Storm, a masterful synthesis of the four-year-long Croatian War for Independence from 1991-1995, culminating in the decisive three-day battle in which a Lilliputian-sized Croatian military tumbled the Goliath power of Serbia and its maniacal dictator, Slobodan Milosevic, into a shocking defeat. The upsurge of the Croatian victory was of such magnitude, that, but for the intervention of the United States, the Croats could have taken the battle into neighboring Bosnia-Hercegovina, uprooting the occupying Serbs from the western half of that sovereign nation as well.
As it was, the U.S. intervention and resulting Dayton Agreement was an attempt to prevent future resurgence of conflict in the Balkans by the two countries, whose profound racial, ethnic and religious enmities were only held in check for a good part of the first half of the 20th century by the heavy restraining hand of communist rule under Tito until post WW II geopolitical transitions evolved. The result has been a quarter century of begrudging peace- not satisfactory to either party, but peace nevertheless.
In Operation Storm, Knez succinctly unwraps the complex web of political, social and religious hostility into a clearly understandable tableau for the viewer, through his by now well-refined excellent original film footage, combined with simultaneous images and voiceover by the major players in this contested narrative. Most impressive is the extensive interview with Peter W. Galbraith, United States Ambassador to Croatia from 1993-1995, whose perceptive commentary is particularly enlightening and a never-before public airing of America’s motivation in the conflict.
As with all of Knez’s documentaries, the technical achievement of coloration, music, and interface of film footage with simultaneous interviews and voiceover are top-notch. This production is sure to captivate from beginning through the final credits."
* Jesse I. Spector, M.D., USA *
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Operation Storm was the single-most decisive battle of the Croatian War for Independence. Launched by the Republic of Croatia in August 1995, it was the largest European land battle since the Second World War. The success of this remarkable military action by Croatia came after four years of brutal fighting. Outnumbered, outgunned, but not outmaneuvered, this tiny new democracy prevailed in a David versus Goliath battle, a moral as well as military victory by an exceptional people. Storm ended the massive humanitarian disaster and genocide committed by the Serbian Army and Chetnik terrorists. It led to the liberation of one third of Croatian territory seized by the enemy, and it made possible the Dayton Agreement that brought peace to the region. This film documents the events surrounding this extraordinary battle, demonstrating that Croatia, along with its army and generals, deserve commendation from the world community, if not a Nobel Peace Prize.
CROATIAN FILM INSTITUTE
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