Any mention of Serbia’s political responsibility for past events is undesirable for the country’s public broadcaster and that is the reason why showing such films is being blocked by politicians, Serbia’s ‘Institute for European Affairs’ said, condemning the unwillingness of Serbia’s public broadcaster, RTS, to broadcast ‘Quo Vadis, AIda?’, an award-winning film about the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide.
The statement comes after Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic said she was “unofficially told” in the talks on potential airing of her film ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ on RTS that they previously had to consult President Aleksandar Vucic on whether to show the film.
RTS responded to this, saying that “neither Zbanic nor Vucic” are those who make such decisions. The Institute said that this represents a “recognizable, malicious rhetoric” of the RTS which is paid by all citizens of Serbia.
“Firstly, there is the interest among Serbian citizens to see the film,” the Institute said, urging the editors of RTS to buy broadcasting rights and show the film.
“The film can open the door to dialogue in our society, but it can also be a warning so that such a crime, the genocide in Srebrenica, will not happen again,” it said.
“As a society that strives for a developed, democratic and justice-based system, dialogue on the causes and consequences of the wars of the 1990s can help us face crimes, bring those responsible to justice and heal our wounds. We believe that without true understanding, repentance, redemption and building long-term peace, there is no future for our society and Serbia,” it said.