- Feature Documentary
- 100 mins
The Trial of Ratko Mladic
On November 22, 2017, the Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague and sentenced to life in prison. Mladic was one of the most infamous figures from the 1990s Bosnian war, synonymous with the merciless siege of Sarajevo and the murder of over 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995 – the worst crimes in Europe since World War II.
Filmed over six years, the filmmakers were given unprecedented access to film behind-the-scenes with prosecution and defence lawyers in Mladic’s trial – the most important since Nuremberg – and with both sides’ witnesses. The directors also filmed in Bosnia, including the discovery of the largest mass grave from the war and with Mladic’s inner circle, including his wife and son. The result is a film that tells an epic story of justice, accountability and a country trying to escape from its bloody past.
The last case of the biggest war crimes tribunal since Nuremberg makes for riveting courtroom drama, to say the least. But beyond the headlines is a complicated backstory that the co-directors deftly tease to light.
An extraordinary film about the five-year trial with unprecedented behind-the-scene access to the historic courtroom drama.
Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s ‘Amanpour’
A superb, powerful documentary about the biggest war crimes trial in Europe since Nuremberg…. Meticulous, devastating.
Julian Borger, The Guardian
(A) masterly documentary...Here is a shocking reminder of the monstrous evil that erupted in Europe just a quarter of a century ago. ★★★★★
The Mail on Sunday