Milosevic on Trial
Milosevic on Trial
For the first time, a former head of state has to answer for his actions in an international war crimes tribunal.
A unique behind-the-scenes insight into the biggest and longest trial in modern times
This documentary follows the biggest war crimes trial since Nuremberg. For the first time, a former head of state is extradited to a war crimes tribunal to face charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
With exclusive access, this film follows the key players behind the scenes from the beginning of the trial in 2002 until its aftermath following Milosevic´s death in March 2006.
By following the players as the trial unfolds, and recording history as it happens, this documentary gives a unique insight into the strategies that were followed and the many obstacles faced by those involved, marking both the defeats and the victories.
The case encountered every problem imaginable including those which arose as a result of Milosevic’s decision to defend himself, in spite of his ill-health and the complexity of the case.
It is the ultimate war crimes trial from which lessons must be learnt.
It is also the only documentary to tell the story of what really happened behind the scenes of the longest war crimes trial ever.
The key players are:
Geoffrey Nice QC, the principal trial attorney for the Prosecution.
He is in charge of a massive prosecution team handling 66 counts covering three wars over a period of ten years.
Dragoslav Ogjnanovic, Milosevic´s legal advisor who passionately defies the charges and defends the Serb cause.
Steven Kay QC and Gillian Higgins who are appointed as Amici Curiae and later as Milosevic´s Defence attorneys against his will.
Left to right: Gillian Higgins, Dragoslav Ogjnanovic, Geoffrey Nice QC and Steven Kay QC
“Stirring… This superb film is not merely intended to cause one to shake one’s head in disgust. Rather, it is a truly thought provoking and wildly informative work… It is rare that a documentary can successfully distill four years of court proceedings into a succinct work as this but MILOSEVIC ON TRIAL does it with aplomb.”
Michael J. Coffta, Educational Media Reviews Online