15 Minutes – The Dvor Massacre
Only a few meters from the UN Camp in Dvor, Croatia, nine disabled people, both Serbs and Croats, were executed in cold blood by a group of unidentified men on August the 8th 1995
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The Danish soldiers in Camp Dannevirke were assigned by the United Nations to monitor the ceasefire between the Serbs and the Croats. They were only allowed to use weapons in self-defense. In the summer of 1995, the Croatian Army ceasefire broke and about 250,000 Serbs were forced to flee during” Operation Storm.” Once there was no longer a ceasefire to monitor, the soldiers were ordered to stay inside their camp and not interfere in the war. Thus, it was up to one high ranking officer to make the crucial decision: to give orders to shoot or follow the UN mandate and not intervene. 15 Minutes – The Dvor Massacre follows the former company commander Kold on his journey back to Croatia, to the place where he 20 years earlier had tomake the most difficult decision in his life. Here he confronts his past and his decision, meets the commanders from the warring parties, and the relatives of the victims. He is forced to face difficult questions: Could he have stopped the massacre? Did he have a choice? Or was he, the soldiers and the civilians actually let down by the United Nations?
Georg Larsen & Kasper Vedsmand
Monica Hellström and Anne Köhncke
Final Cut for Real for TV2 in association with Nukleus Film