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THE INVESTIGATOR

2022, feature documentary, director: Viktor Portel
Frame Films (CZ) in co-production with Restart (HR) and Czech TV

            

Vladimír Dzuro, is the only Czech investigator to have worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. His task was to collect evidence against war criminals and perpetrators of ethnic cleansing. His two biggest cases were the Ovcara massacre, linked to then-Vukovar Mayor Slavko Dokmanovic, and ethnic cleansing in northwestern Bosnia. Together with Dzuro, we embark on a metaphorical, but also very realistic tour of the site of his investigations in the former Yugoslavia and a meeting with surviving witnesses of ethnically motivated crimes. What does the Balkans look like today, where the conflict took place twenty-five years ago? What happened to the people who still live in those places today, what about their memory? And finally most importantly, did ‘Hague justice’ have any meaning and significance for those who went through the worst?

The film is inspired by Vladimir Dzuro’s book 'The Investigator – Demons of the Balkan War', published in 2017 in the Czech Republic as 'Vyšetřovatel – Démoni balkánské války a světská spravedlnost' by Grada Publishing and in 2019 in the USA by Potomac Books. 

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Director and screenwriter: Viktor Portel
Idea: Martina Šantavá
DOP: Šimon Dvořáček
Editor: Vladimir Gojun
Sound recordista: Filip Ledinščak, Niko Gulam
Executive producer: Roman Blaas
Production managers: Karolína Fránková (CZ), Suzana Erbežnik (HR)
Associate producer: Vanja Jambrović
Creative producers (Czech TV): Martina Šantavá, Rebeka Bartůňková

Producer: Hana Blaha Šilarová
Co-producer: Oliver Sertić
Production: Frame Films (CZ)
Co-production: Restart (HR), Czech TV (CZ)