The Trial of Ratko Mladic
& Panel Discussion with the Lead Prosecutor and Defence Co-Counsel
Directed by Robert Miller, Henry Singer| 2018 | 1h 39| Certificate 15
The panel will consist of Peter McCloskey, Senior Trial Attorney for the Office of the Prosecutor responsible for the Srebrenica portion of the case, Dan Ivetic, defence co-counsel for General Mladic, and the filmmakers Henry Singer and Rob Miller. The panel will evaluate the challenges of prosecuting and defending General Mladic, and the work and legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). How has the ICTY’s work affected Bosnia? Has it helped promote reconciliation or has it led to further polarisation? Can there be peace without justice or is justice necessary for the long-term stability of a country that has experienced ethnic horrors? Looking back to the Holocaust and the Nuremberg trials, and looking forward at countries like Syria and Myanmar, does the Mladic Trial and the ICTY help us to move forward at a time when war crimes and human rights are barely on the international agenda?
Over seven thousand Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in Srebrenica in July 1995 — just one of several horrific acts of ethnic cleansing allegedly headed up by the former Bosnian-Serb military commander General Ratko Mladic. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Bosnia” by his victims, Mladic is charged with two counts of genocide – the most serious crime under international war – and attends his trial as the defence and prosecution lock into a tense battle. During the trial, a mass burial site is discovered in Prijedor in northeast Bosnia, which throws the defence into chaos as they struggle to find a witness who will vouch for Mladic’s innocence. Mladic’s loyal defence team spend time with his son Darko and attempt to show his benevolent side, while the prosecution uses archive footage and stories from witnesses to try and reveal the heartless and brutal trickery Mladic’s troops undertook.