• Publication date: August 2, 2010

War Crimes War Crimes

Nationalist tensions have boiled over in Yugoslavia after Communism's fall in Eastern Europe, ...

Nationalist tensions have boiled over in Yugoslavia after Communism's fall in Eastern Europe, which has forced governments to reevaluate their respective directions. A group of six friends, who have recently graduated, travel to Bosnia from the UK in 1992 to protest for peace when armed conflict breaks out in the capitol city of Sarajevo, and the group is forced to flee for their safety. Crossing overland through Bosnia, the group comes across a brutal massacre, where captives are being executed. When their presence is spotted, a merciless Yugoslav People’s Army officer and his band of guerrilla fighters pursue them. War Crimes is based in Bosnia, with half of the dialogue being in Serbo-Croatian language. However, the film was actually shot on location in Wales and England for around $10,000. The setting provides the gritty and overcast atmosphere appropriate for the subject. Impressively, the majority of the picture was shot in just two weeks, with a few additional scenes being captured several months later. It represents the first directorial debut of brothers Michael and Nick Thomas.