Youth Initiative for Human Rights / Inicijativa mladih za ljudska prava - YIHR BH


Documentary animation


DVD, duration time: 220 minutes


In order to get a modern and user friendly tool, particularly intended for younger population, after comprehensive research, we decided to adopt documentary animation as a new model of presenting facts, whilst applying modern technology for its user-friendly application and dissemination. The project contains 17 animated maps. The maps are organized in chronological order and in line with the methodologies adopted by institutions collecting and archiving documents related to Srebrenica genocide and genocide in general - as identified by number of respective studies. Each map has key points containing particular evidence (text files, photos, video clips).


The project has been implemented for a year, upon completion of comprehensive research of available documents, testimonies, studies, books, movies, and photos.
The following sources and documents are reviewed, selected and used in the project:
ICTY: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague
UN: Kofi Annan, UN General Secretary Reports, according to the General Assembly Resolution 53/55 – Fall of Srebrenica, November 15, 1999
REPORT: Tadeusz Mazowiecki: Mass and individual liquidations of civilians, August 22, 1995
THE NETHERLANDS:NIOD Report: Srebrenica. Reconstruction, background, consequences and analysis of the fall of the safe zone (The Netherlands Government investigation on the massacre, April 2002)
RS REPORT: Commission for investigation of the events in and around Srebrenica during the period 10-19 of July 1995, Republika Srpska, Banja Luka, June 2004
Helsinki Human Rights Committee - Serbia (Archive and publication "Srebrenica from denial to confession" edited by - Sonja Biserko)
SENSE Tribunal (special project of regular monitoring of ICTY work and ICJ and ICC activities
Richard Butler: Statement on military events in Srebrenica: Operation "Krivaja 95"
ICTY TV: The Hague Tribunal decision on Radoslav Krstić; Confessions of the massacre perpetrators Dragan Obrenović, Momir Nikolić, Dražen Erdemović
Ton Zwaan, "On the Etiology and Genesis of Genocide and Other Mass Crimes Targeting Specific. Groups""
FAMA: Archives collection
ICTY TV: Trials broadcast
MEDIA: BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Radio France International, Oslobođenje, Liberation, Newsweek, Reuters, Guardian, Time, Associated Press, and the World Press Photo
DOCUMENTARIES: Sense Tribunal "Beyond Reasonable doubt" directed by Mina Vidaković (Special thanks to the Agency Sense Tribunal for the video material), BBC "A cry from the grave" directed by Leslie Woodhead , Roy Gutman ; "Safe Haven: The United Nations and the Betrayal of Srebrenica", directed by Han Ziv
BOOKS: Chuck Sudetic "Blood and Vengeance", Mark Danner "The Killing Fields of Bosnia", Samantha Power "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide", Tarik Samarah "Srebrenica", Emir Suljagić "Postcards from the Grave"
ARTICLES, ESSAYS: Julia Bogoeva "The Morbid Perfection of Crime", Latinka Perović "Duboki muk –još uvek" (Still, deep stillness), Jean Rene Rues, Interview: "Srebrenica is more than a tragedy"


FAMA team
Team leader: Suada Kapić


Vildana Selimbegović


Creative director and creative team leader: Jelena Oksenfeld



Graphic design / production: Davor Vidović
Animation / video edit: Igor Hamzić
Sound design / background music: Adis Kutkut - Billain
Audio edit / voiceover1: Emir Saračević
Voiceover2: Džemal Bijedić
Voiceover3: Malka Alić
Voiceover4: Deneta Hasković


Una Bejtović


Civil Rights Defenders (CRD)
National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
US Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of US Government.


The process of genocide is a series of events that take place according to the specific form that has its own stages, and which is characterized by a certain 'internal logic'. A genocidal process has a beginning, a structured course, and its conclusion. Firstly, it starts with identification of the target group (victims usually selected based on an affiliation to a group or category of population) that is subjected to persecution or destruction. Secondly, it is the expropriation of the property of the identified target group that takes place; thirdly, the identified group has to occupy a unique territory; fourthly, the group has to be expelled, and finally significant number of the group members has to be killed. Although in reality those stages can swiftly take place one after another, it has been noted that depending on circumstances, first stages of persecution may be conducted in public, whereas later stages are usually shrouded in secrecy. (Ton Zwaan "On the Etiology and Genesis of Genocides and Mass Crimes Targeting Specific Groups")


The purpose of this project is to introduce a universal educational model for interpretation and understanding of the genocide mechanism (causes and consequences). The model is exclusively based on facts, without comments or conclusions by the author that might lead user to any premeditated opinion. The Project will be available to general public in several stages. Firstly, it is envisaged as communication tool for young people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, and at later stages, for youth across the region and the world. The project uses variety of communication channels: Internet, public screenings, presentations, lectures and discussions. On July 11, 2010 DVD "Srebrenica, mapping genocide" will be published as a special addition to "Oslobođenje" daily.