Serbian Culture Minister Vladan Vukosavljevic said on Wednesday that he had reached agreement in principle with film director Emir Kusturica to make a movie about the World War 2 Jasenovac death camp and “the genocide of the Serb people in the Independent State of Croatia”.
Speaking at a news conference, the minister said that an agreement had been reached for Kusturica and his associates to try to write the script and try to make the film in the next few years. “This is a huge untold story, a painful topic, a big open wound for our people and historic memory,” Vukosavljevic said, adding that just one movie in the former Yugoslavia showed part of the horrors he was talking about.
The minister said that reports that the film could be made “drew negative signals, as if no one in Serbia cared to make movies about genocide in the WW 2 genocide in the Independent State of Croatia”. He did not reveal any names.
Kusturica said that the idea is to tell the story of a woman who save 15,000 Serb, Jewish and Roma children. “The movie about Jasenovac should show our suffering there,” he said and added that the most important thing is getting a good script which he said he would be writing with his associates.