New York Democracy Forum Film Screening: "The Scorpions"

Event offered by:
Open Society Institute
National Endowment for Democracy
Human Rights Watch

Event Details

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
58 Park Ave (between 37th and 38th Street)
New York, NY
Event type

Event Transcripts and Video

The Foreign Policy Association, The National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch and The Open Society Institute presnet a screening of The Scorpions, a documentary about War Crimes in Bosnia. Followed by Q&A with director Nataša Kandić.

About the film:

The documentary film The Scorpions, produced by the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) and directed by Lazar Stojanovic, brings viewers face to face with members of the notorious Scorpions paramilitary unit through interviews, archival footage from both the HLC and the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, and shocking video recordings made by the Scorpion members themselves. The Scorpions unit first became known to the public when video footage of the execution of six young Bosniak men in Trnovo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), filmed by the Scorpions' themselves, was released to the media two years ago, sending shock waves throughout the region and the world. On April 10, 2007, the Belgrade District Court War Crimes Chamber sentenced four of the executioners to a collective 58 years of prison.

Immediately following the film, the Humanitarian Law Center's Executive Director Nataša Kandić will speak about the film and respond to questions. Ms. Kandić is a heroine in the struggle for human rights and international justice in the Balkan region. She organized the Candles for Peace Campaign in 1991 and the Black Ribbon March in 1992. She is the recipient of more than 20 international, regional, and national human rights awards. In 2003 she was named by Time Magazine as one of 36 “European heroes.”