Independents for the Truth

The project Independents for the Truth was started by B92 Editor-in-Chief and CEO Veran Matic, within a more comprehensive project that deals with the legacy of Serbia’s past and includes various publications Samizdat B92, conferences, public debates and other activities.

From its very outset in 1994, B92 has been one of the best producers of documentary projects that have been awarded by many prestigious international festivals and television companies. It became clear that to broadcast the proceedings from war crimes trials and documentaries by foreign producers was not enough, because these were readily and easily discredited in a xenophobic environment that was not prepared to face the legacy of its past. Local production was always going to be more persuasive and, since B92 commanded a high level of credibility and respect among the Serbian citizenry, as well as an unblemished positive image in other countries of the former Yugoslavia, it was only natural to start the project Independents for the Truth.

The project is mainly focused on individual crimes and their elucidation – unveiling the perpetrators and identifying the victims and acquainting the general public with crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, manipulations and lies, theft and destruction that took place during the wars in the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1999. Some documentaries, such as Abduction by Mladen Markov and Jasna Jankovic, directly set off trials against individuals that were identified as the perpetrators of war crimes in the footage. The teams that produce these documentaries are made of journalists, NGO activists and production crews that have amassed a vast amount of professional and war-time experience. Whenever possible, the teams are multi-ethnic in order to provide a maximum amount of credibility for the documentaries.

The practice has also been to co-produce documentaries with teams that were able to do a better job than B92 could on its own. An example is the documentary about the Lora prison in Split (Croatia), filmed in co-operation with Faktum from Zagreb or the crimes in Suva Reka filmed and produced in co-operation with TV Koha Vision from Pristina. The regional approach was not only used in the production phase, but also in presenting the films to the public through screenings and discussions, TV broadcasts and debates and when including them in educational programmes. In Serbia the documentaries were screened on TV B92 and other television stations that are part of the Association of Independent Electronic Media.

A list of documentaries that have been produced so far:

Abduction – authors: Jasna Jankovic and Mladen Markov

Lora – author: Nenad Puhovski, co-production with Factum / Zagreb

Suva Reka – co-production with Koha Vision / Priština

• Operation Dubrovnik – co-production with Arhitel, directed by: Goran Kovacic

Ethnically Clean – directed by: Janko Baljak

The Anatomy of Pain – Janko Baljak
• The Anatomy of Pain II – Janko Baljak

• When you burn, burn it better – directed by: Ivan Andrijanic/ Ivan Stefanovic
Awarded by the European Culture Foundation at the film festival in Kosice, Slovakia

• Serbia in a Garbage Container – directed by: Janko Baljak

• The Mob Doesn’t Kill on Easter – a reconstruction of the assassination of prominent journalist and newspaper owner Slavko Curuvija

• Memento 26 – on Operation Flash, Author: Drago Hedl

Serbia – Year Zero, Author: Goran Markovic, international co-production


Serial Films:

Who Killed Ante Markovic? – the destruction of the Yugoslav economy, 10 episodes

• All that Folk – 8 episodes

• Strictly Confidential


Final Cut contending for the Heart of Sarajevo
On Monday, August 21, the 12th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) Documentary selection will screen a B92 production documentary directed by Janko Baljak: “Vukovar – Final Cut”. SFF Documentary selection will present the films that are mostly dealing with the subject of the quest for the truth. More...


Trailer - video clip [RealPlayer]

Serbian paramilitary forces - video clip [RealPlayer]

Đuro Hodak - video clip [RealPlayer]

Krmača - video clip [RealPlayer]