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Film about the burning of National Library, Bosnia

From: Beth Doyle <b.doyle>
Date: Friday, August 1, 2003
The following is a post forwarded with permission regarding a new
film marking the tenth anniversary of the burning of the National
Library in Bosnia. I'm searching for the English version, if anyone
finds it, please let me know. I'd like to show it to our librarians.
The film is in Dutch, with some English and Bosnian as well. It is
available on the Web. I've looked at the first few minutes and it is
compelling.

    Date:    Mon, 28 Jul 2003 16:12:25 -0700
    From:    Eric and Alison <thirdman [at] GENESIS1ST__COM>
    Subject: Burning Books

    Thought the group would be interested.

    Ciao,
    Alison

    "Burning Books", a 50-minute documentary film by Knut Jorfald,
    made to mark the 10th anniversary of the burning of Bosnia's
    National Library in Aug. 1992 has been shown by IKON on Dutch
    television (soundtrack in Dutch, English and Bosnian; a full
    English version the documentary is also available).  It is now
    online (thanks to Frank Tiggelaar of Domovina Net) and can be
    seen at <URL:http://www.domovina.net/burning_books.ram>

    The documentary includes dramatic footage of the library on
    fire. Excerpts from the film were shown on 8 July in court at
    the UN war crimes tribunal, as part of the trial of Slobodan
    Milosevic on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide.

       "Das war ein Vorspiel nur. Dort wo man Buecher verbrennt,
        verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen." (That was just a
        prelude. Where they burn books, they will also burn people
        in the end)--Heinrich Heine, "Almansor" 1821

Beth Doyle, Collections Conservator
Duke University Libraries
Perkins Library
Box 90189
Durham, NC 27708-0189
919-660-5985


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