The Weight of Chains

Synopsis: The Weight of Chains is a Canadian documentary film that takes a critical look at the role that the US, NATO and the EU played in the tragic breakup of a once peaceful and prosperous European state - Yugoslavia. The film, bursting with rare stock footage never before seen by Western audiences, is a creative first-hand look at why the West intervened in the Yugoslav conflict, with an impressive roster of interviews with academics, diplomats, media personalities and ordinary citizens of the former Yugoslav republics. This film also presents positive stories from the Yugoslav wars - people helping each other regardless of their ethnic background, stories of bravery and self-sacrifice.
125 min

I'm glad that there is complete agreement

in relation to progress towards European integration.

We have very ambitious plans.

We are very ambitious country, we are very ambitious government!

We have a special minister for European integration in our government.

We are changing the face of our country to become a member of the European Union!

EU membership is our goal, our vision.

We want to be part of Europe.

want to be a colony and open community.

Who in their right mind could wish he could be a colony?


I do not think that my early childhood in Yugoslavia was that bad

and society has seemed close extended family.

It was a culture in which people were on each other

they were worried about the welfare of people around them. That in America, for example, no more

people are alienated from each other. Just work, come home and watch TV at night.

And we watched television, and we even had a camera

I am pleased with the film as a kid,

always tried to hold in their hands.

What I really wanted was the camera that he kept.

When my mom took the camera that Dad can come

I changed the story.

I was a sneaky kid.

like a cunning fox

One of my favorite characters decijeg program, "Good night, kids."

Sometimes my parents to change the channel assembly

where he was even more lullabies.

And as I became too old for these kid stories

the more I looked forward flight, and every Yugoslav.

one month vacation with pay!

When I last had so many breaks ...

We, the Yugoslavs have to have every year.

But I had not noticed, I was too young during the communist Yugoslavia.

Now I know what you think.


It is an international criminal conspiracy!

Well, over the decades before the 1980s,

Yugoslavia prospered with annual GDP growth of 6.1 percent .

adequate standard of living, free health care and education

guaranteed the right to work, affordable public transport, housing and utilities

over 90% literacy, life expectancy of 72 years.

Most of the economy was in socially-owned, not the private sector.

Yugoslavia was a special case

jerje establish its own form of the socialist model of economic activity

ie. mixture of private enterprise and industry

in state ownership with workers' cooperatives

It was considered a success story of the socialist market

Yugoslavia had a higher growth rate than most countries in Western Europe

-developed system of social protection

that was multi-ethnic society

who lived in harmony

and in many respects, Yugoslavia was a model of development.

You could say that there is something really special about this country.

And why are people so much blood spilled around it?

Who is to blame here?

Before I continue, let's see where we are?

Yugoslavia was between Greece, Italy, Romania

and was populated by Serbs, Croats, Bosnian Muslims, Slovenes and Macedonians

who are all Slavs, and there are Albanians, Hungarians and other minorities.

Their country was the result of a long struggle for the unification of

to show the world what they can achieve when working together

no matter what happened in the past.

Throughout history, this idea was a thorn in the side of many empires and world powers

The idea was that the Slavs do not should remain weak

which divided nations at war with each other or themselves prey Empire

Serbs lost the freedom percent of the Turks 1389th attacked ,

the Kosovo area.

The loss of statehood, which lasted several centuries,

for the Serbs has produced a strong foundation myth of Kosovo.

Journalists come to Serbia and wonder: 'Why are you so crazy that Serbs celebrate a losing battle?

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Boris Malagurski

Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer, writer, political commentator, television host and activist, known for his movie The Weight of Chains. He is the owner of Malagurski Cinema. more…

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