Mirror to History: Confronting War crimes in Bosnia
takes an inside look at the international war crimes prosecutions taking place in Bosnia. In a country of remarkable beauty and cultural richness, experiences with war crimes unseen in Europe since the concentration camps of WWII continue to plague the efforts of people to rebuild their lives. Is it possible to break the cycles of revenge, and return the fledgling Bosnian nation to its feet? Seeking out witnesses and investigating the circumstances surrounding the war crimes cases, this narrated documentary encounters a complex web of history, nationalism and hope for the future by juxtaposing testimonials of high government and United Nations officials with witnesses and people in the street.
Witnesses to the conflict explain and demystify the most recent Bosnian War with compelling testimony of de-moralization, resistance, and the struggles of achieving a tolerant and multiethnic Bosnia. Judges and prosecutors explain, the law is confronted and the initiators are exposed in this look inside the legacy of war crimes in Bosnia. Mirror to History Witnesses to the conflict explain and demystify the most recent Bosnian War with compelling testimony of de-moralization, resistance, and the struggles of achieving a tolerant and multiethnic Bosnia.
Brief Credits and Biographies
Produced by: Cristian DeFrancia
Written and Directed by: Cristian DeFrancia
Assistant Directors: Peter Bill
Esmee Van Der Meulen
Editors: Jeff Aderman
Cristian DeFrancia is a first-time independent Producer and Director who is currently trading his time between documentary film and graduate studies in international and media law at the University of Virginia. With a professional background in humanitarian law and media, Cristian successfully combined his talents to direct a highly qualified team in the production of Mirror to History. Cristian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College in 1995, studied foreign affairs at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., served as a correspondent for Comcast Cable at a United Nations treaty conference in 1998, and has worked with numerous organizations to promote awareness of international humanitarian issues. Cristian began his forays into the world of film and video while in college, working with filmmakers in the Prague Film and Video community and with his brother Tomas, now a Producer in South Florida.
Mirror to History was co-produced by Tomas DeFrancia, a graduate of the University of Colorado film program, who served as mentor in the production process. After graduating from film school in 1995, Tomas worked as a production assistant in the motion picture industry, produced documentaries in Annapolis, MD, directed commercials for Comcast Cable in South Florida and now works as a director, editor, and videographer at Aderman & Associates in West Palm Beach, FL. The team of brothers worked closely together on every aspect of the film. Other key figures on the team include Assistant Directors Peter Bill and Esmee Van der Meulen. Peter Bill, a painter, Digital designer, and video artist recently re-located from Prague to Seattle, worked in the Prague Film community as an art director with Tri-Media, a major contractor for Czech TV. He is now studying at the University of Washington, where he holds a research postion at the CARTAH lab. A graduate of the Royal Academy for the Arts in The Hague, Netherlands with a degree in Video Design, Esmee is a respected director and videographer in the Dutch film and video community. The musical elements were provided by Fikreta, Adi Lukovac & Ornamenti of Post-War Sound, Sarajevo, and the Dutch group “Desaya.”