About the Film

With the war still raging inside of me, will I be able to record stories of people that are so close to me? Am I different now? In the spring of 1999, Leon Gerskovic — like many other Americans — was watching TV news reports of thousands of refugees fleeing Kosovo and NATO planes bombing Serbia.

Unlike most other Americans, however, Leon knew firsthand what was transpiring. The news reports brought back his own memories of the war in his native Croatia only eight years earlier. As history repeated itself before his eyes, Leon could not be a detached viewer. Instead, he resolved to return to his homeland to see how victims of earlier wars were coping.

Leon interviewed no politicians, military leaders, journalists, or expert analysts. Instead he spoke to teachers, priests, farmers, veterans, young people, old people, even a garbage man. He sought no villain or victim. Instead of speaking to Serbs, Croats, and Bosnians as identities, he spoke to them as individuals.

Armed only with small DV cameras, he and his team would journey into the heart of the Balkans to seek out stories of ordinary people: people who had long since been marginalized. People only looking to be heard. Instead of seeking hard facts in a place where truth is elusive, Leon sought to explore the personal realities of the people he met. In the process, his own history would come back to haunt him.

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