What is The Weight Of Chains?

ABOUT THE FILM

The Weight of Chains is a Canadian documentary film that takes a critical look at the role that the, NATO and the EU played in the tragic breakup of a once peaceful and prosperous European state Yugoslavia. The film, bursting with rare stock footage never before seen by Western audiences, is a creative firsthand look at why the West intervened in the Yugoslav conflict, with an impressive roster of interviews with academics, diplomats, media personalities and ordinary citizens of the former Yugoslav republics.

What is The Weight of Chains?

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The film began with production in late 2009 in several cities throughout Canada including Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, continued in early 2010 in the United States Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, and was finalized in the Summer of 2010 in Slovenia Ljublana; Croatia Vukovar,Djakovo, Jasenovac, Zagreb, Gospic, and in Bosnia Herzegovina Sarajevo, Trebinje; Serbia Belgrade, Subotica, Kosovska Mitrovica, Trepca, Pristina, Orahovac, Prizren and Strpce.

What is The Weight Of Chains?

ABOUT THE MOTIVATION

A Canadian perspective on Western involvement in the division of the ethnic groups within Yugoslavia motivated to show that the war was forced from outside - regular people wanted peace. However, extreme fractions on all sides, fuelled by their foreign mentors, outvoiced the moderates, which is why the film presents positive stories from the war - people helping each other regardless of their ethnic background, stories of bravery and selfsacrifice. The disunity among peoples populating the Balkans have marked the last couple of centuries. Let's start a new page, today, in the 21st century.

What is The Weight Of Chains?

ABOUT THE RECEPTION

"The Weight Of Chains" was completed in late 2010 and premiered in Perth, Australia in December 2010, after which it was shown cities across Australia, Canada and the United States, as well as on worldwide festivals including Raindance in London, Beldocs in Belgrade, BANEFF in Oslo, and many others. The film was broadcasted in front of 644 million viewers on Russia Today - RT and an additional 50 million viewers on Eurochannel in 2014. This film earned its director, Boris Malagurski, the nickname “The Serbian Michael Moore” given by the “Politika” newspaper.

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TheInterviewees

MEET THE STARS OF THE FILM

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Michel Chossudovsky

Michel Chossudowsky

Economist

Canadian economist and professor of economics at the University of Ottawa.

He is also Director of the Centre for Research of Globalization. Prof. Chossudovsky acted as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has worked as a consultant for international organizations including the UN Development Programme, the African Development Bank, the UN African institute for Economic Development and Planning, the UN Population Fund, the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organisation, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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John Perkins

Author

American economist and author, best known for his book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” (2004), an insider’s account of the exploitation or neo-colonization of Third World countries by hat Perkins describes as a cabal of corporations, banks, and the United States government.

His 2007 book, “The Secret History of the American Empire”, provides more evidence of the nenegative impact of global corporations on the economies and ecologies of poor countries, as well as offering suggestions for making corporations behave more like good citizens.

Lewis MacKenzie

Lewis McKenzie

Retired Major-General

Retired Canadian Major-General, author and media commentator.

He established and commanded Sector SaSarajevo as part of the United Nations Protection Force UNPROFOR in Yugoslavia in 1992. Using the media as a means of trying to help restore peace, MacKenzie became well-known worldwide.

He is a recipient of the Vimy Award, which recognizes a Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of their nation and the preservation of
democdemocratic values. In 2006, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada

TheDirector

MEET BORIS MALAGURSKI

The Director’s first feature film earned him the nickname “The Serbian Michael Moore”, given to him by the Belgrade newspaper “Politika” in 2011.

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Biography

Where It All Started

Born in 1988 to Prof. Dr. Branislav Malagurski and Slavica Malagurski, Boris grew up in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. Malagurski’s last name originates from the Polish town of Mała Góra. In the 17th century, a soldier from that town fought under the command of John III Sobieski against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina. Malagurski emigrated to Canada in 2005. While studying Film Production at the University of British Columbia, Malagurski became a Canadian citizen and founded the Malagurski Cinema production company.

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Filmography

His Best Known Work

  • The Canada Project (60 min, 2005) Malagurski’s move from Serbia to Canada.
  • Kosovo | Can You Imagine? (30 min, 2009) Human rights of Serbs in Kosovo.
  • The Weight of Chains (124 min, 2010) The reasons behind the breakup of Yugoslavia.
  • Belgrade (82 min, 2013) The story of the Serbian capital.
  • The Weight of Chains 2 (123 min, 2013) Neoliberal reforms in the Balkans.
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Recognition

Festivals & Broadcast

”The Canada Project” won Best Film at the First Take International Film Festival in Toronto and was broadcasted on Radio Television Serbia, while “Kosovo | Can You Imagine?” won the Silver Palm at the International Film Festival in Mexico, as well as Best Film at the BC Days Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver. “The Weight of Chains” was screened in cinemas and festivals worldwide, including Raindance in London, and was broadcasted in front of 644 million viewers on RT and 50 million viewers on Eurochannel. Belgrade” was shown on Radio Television Serbia as well.

TheProduction Team

MEET THE STARS BEHIND THE CAMERA

This film would not have been possible without the amazing production team that worked on the film, as well as those who helped out along the way in any way they could.

Marko Jankovic

Marko Jankovic

Videographer, Editor

An aspiring student filmmaker from Perth, Western Australia, who is currently studying Screen Production at the Film and Television Institute in Fremantle and hopes to one day become a Hollywood editor and cameraman.

“The Weight of Chains” was Marko’s first external production which saw him travel with Malagurski to help with the filming and initial editing of the project. Marko says of the experience: “It was a great opportunity for me to get some hands on hands on experience in filmmaking, which I had never done in a project this size before but it was also a great experience to learn a bit of the history of my homeland.

Anastasia Trofimova

Anastasia Trofimova

Videographer, Editor

born in Moscow, Russia. She has completed her education at the University of Toronto, Specializing in Communication, Culture and Information Technology and simultaneously Majoring in Political Science.

She has been freelancing as a cameraman, photographer and video editor for 12 years. A research trip to Kosovo has inspired Anastasia to start her first feature documentary, titled “Kosovo In Dependence”.

She has since produced “Twelve Palestines” and “Her War: Women vs. ISIS”, a groundbreaking documentary in 2015. Anastasia lives in Moscow and currently works at RT.

Marinko Bobic

Marinko Bobic

Production Assistant

born in 1987 in Croatia, he is a PhD student in International Studies at the University of Trento, Italy.

His areas of expertise are geopolitics and state security and his dissertation focuses on state strategies designed to rresolve, maintain, or escalate territorial disputes.

He holds an MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy (Leiden University, Netherlands) and a BA in Political Science (Simon Fraser University, Canada). Marinko has worked for the Citizenship and Immigration Canada, several NGOs, and a private consulting firm. He has published short articles in the Atlantic Sentinel.

VideoClips

WITNESS THE IMPACT OF THE FILM

Choose from our slides of selected video clips & feel free to search for more on YouTube and Vimeo.

Credits and Crew ListOfficial Trailer
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Watch the official trailer for the film that captivated audience accross the world
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Sarajevo

Regular citizens of Sarajevo becoming aware of what they were left with after the breakup of Yugoslavia, what is still being done to them.

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Kosovo Liberation Army

How the Kosovo Liberation Army was formed and who their first victims were
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Propaganda

Ways in which political elites use propaganda to ebforce a system tha doesn’t help the average citizens of the former Yugoslavia.

Credits and Crew ListWorld Premiere
Perth Australia

The crowd and interviews at the Piccadilly Cinema in Perth, Australia on December 17, 2010
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Credits and Crew ListNorth American Premiere
Vancouver, Canada

Opening remarks by Malagurski and the screening at Empire Granwille  7 Cinema in Vanvouver, BC on February 19, 2011.
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Credits and Crew ListEuropean Premiere
Subotica, Serbia

The Premiere and discussion with Malagurski, Slobodan Samardzic, Zvonimir Trajkovic and Skabo at Eurocinema on January 15, 2011

Credits and Crew ListUnited Kingdom Premiere
Raindance Festival, London

Boris Malagurski talks about his film at the Raindance Film Festival in London UK
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November, 2011

Malagurski talks about The Weight of Chains  (In Serbian)
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December 15, 2011

Malagurski talks about the upcoming cinematic premiere of the film in Belgrade (In Serbian)

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November 29, 2011

Report from the screening of the film at the Jaranje barricades in Kosovo (In Serbian)

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December 19, 2011

Malagurski talks about his film on the morning program (In Serbian).

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December 19, 2011

Malagurski talks about his film on the morning program. (In Serbian)

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January 8, 2012

Report about Weight of Chains in the morning program. (In Serbian)

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January 9, 2012 

Malagurski is a guest in Vladimir Djukanovic’s “We are Talking” TV Show (In Serbian)

Sponsors

THIS IS OUR FILM

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Thank you to all of those who have generously donated to this film project!
Without you, this film would not have been completed and everyone who has
contributed to the film can proudly say “this is my film, this is our film!
Further donations are more than welcome for my next film, The Weight of Chains 3.

Boris Malagurski – Film Director

Total Raised: CAD $ 21,850

The Heroes of the Film

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

This film would not have been possible without the sponsors who helped fund the film budget. A special thanks to Branislav Grbovic and his family.

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CONTRIBUTORS & MEDIA SUPPORT

NAMELOCATIONAMOUNT
Dusan KustudicCanada$50
Jovica AndonovJarfalla, Sweden$50
Boro GrbicMelbourne, Australia$50
Zoran VucicMunich, Germany$50
RAS International Serbian OrganizationWashington, DC, United States$500
Negovan RajicTrois-Rivieres, Canada$50
Miodrag NikolicBell Canyon, United States$100
Ranka GajicChicago, United States$30
Gregory ElichColumbus, United States$50
Nebojsa ZivkovicChicago, United States$50
Ruby IvancevichElmhurst, United States$60
Jeanette CzubakCampbell Hall, United States$100
SOYA Inc. Australian TourAdelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland, Australia$570
Kitchener-Waterloo FundraiserKitchener-Waterloo, Canada$900
Milivoje RadulovicKitchener, Canada$40
Bojan RatkovicNiagara Falls, Canada$200
Zoran ChurchinEtobicoke, Canada$250
Rod GulanMississauga, Canada$250
Aleksandar TodorovicToronto, Canada$100
Sylvain NaudOttawa, Canada$150
Zeljko KoncarevicPerth, Australia$100
Bojana TasovacBelgrade, Serbia$100
Snezana VitorovichToronto, Canada$200
Catherine SimonNew York, United States$25
Miroslav OrbovicToronto, Canada$200
Mira TodosijevicMississauga, Canada$200
Ljubisa StolbaWest Vancouver, Canada$500
Andjelko KuckovicHamilton, Canada$100
Ivana Vasic LalovicPhiladelphia, United States$25
Olly Karovski Family TrustKogorah, Australia$200
Aleksandar StosichHamilton, Canada$100
Walter TrklaKamloops, Canada$150
Sofia CiricBloomington, United States$20
Andrej PanticKitchener, Canada$30
Steven LittleyLondon, United Kingdom$50
Sinisa SpasojevicShanghai, China$50
Stephen LewisWest Valley City, United States$50
Alison McDonoughCambridge, United States$50
Goran StankovicMaura, Norway$100
"Skadarlija" OrchestraPerth, Australia$100
Milena HubanaPerth, Australia$50
Andrej KosSentjanz, Slovenia$20
Dusan GajicGlendalough, Australia$20
Petar DragovicMaylands, Australia$50
Ilija IlicPerth, Australia$150
Milenko JankovicPerth, Australia$20
Jovan PopovicVarsity Lakes, Australia$50
Ivan MalagurskiBelgrade, Serbia$200
J. ParmessurLondon, United Kingdom$15
Anna FreelandToledo, United States$20
St. George Serbian Orthodox ChurchWaterloo, Canada$200
Stanko VuletaKanata, Canada$100
The Kecman FamilyNovi Sad, Serbia$200
Marta StojanovicOrleans, Canada$25
Bojan PetrovicWillowdale, Canada$20
Dragan GoloOttawa, Canada$50
Dragan AcimovicMississauga, Canada$20
Vucidar RadovicVancouver, Canada$300
Berndt TräskmanGrankulla, Finland$50
S. B.Vancouver, Canada$20
Vedran RuzicicToronto, Canada$200
Branka & Petar MetikosVancouver, Canada$200
Dragana PopovicCalgary, Canada$100
Goran RakicOstergotland, Sweden$30
Thomas YohannanHaddam, United States$100
Nikola AmanovicSydney, Australia$50
Serbian Unity CongressVancouver, Canada$600
Vedrana TodorovichElmhurst, United States$25
Milan GojsevicKitchener, Canada$20
Kosta MitanovskiPara Hills West, Australia$20
Zoran GrujicWoodstock, Canada$20
Standard Bakery ServicaMississauga, Canada$100
Dr. Milenko & Ljiljana KovacNorth Perth, Australia$200
Mile JovicicToronto, Canada$100
Christian RichardMountainside, United States$50
Milan & Maria JelesicDuncraig, Australia$200
The Vojinovic FamilyPerth, Australia$200
Dr. Wally & Beverly KnezevicCottesloe, Australia$200
The Grbovic FamilyPerth, Australia$200
Aleksandar MihajlovicCalgary, Canada$15
Dimitrije RakinToronto, Canada$20
Jovan MilosevicToronto, Canada$10
Dusan LazarevicTwickenham, United Kingdom$20
Petra VlajicFort Lee, United States$20
Igor PrelicWaterloo, Canada$20
Isabeau Premont-SchwartzWaterloo, Canada$20
Milka BizicNewport Beach, United States$150
Vesna VukovToronto, Canada$25
Daniel-Dorin BesuHamilton, Canada$100
Zelimirka KrsmanovicDes Plaines, United States$50
Brian MitchellVancouver, Canada$600

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     Snezana Andrejevic      Srdjan Marjanovic     Serbian Diaspora in Australia   Bojan Ratkovic             Jasminka Klacar

Radio Serbia  SBS Serbian  Vesti Online  Novine Toronto  Politika

      Radio Serbia                   SBS Serbian                     Vesti                    Novine Toronto                   Politika
   Western Australia                  Milana & Eva                 G. Gligorevic               Ivana Djordjevic                S. Stamenkovic
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Press

This section has was last updated in 2011, and since numerous more interviews and articles emerged since the film was completed, they can easily be found online

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Media Coverage

  • POLITIKA: “GOOD PEOPLE IN EVIL TIMES”
    Exclusive interview with Boris Malagurski in Belgrade, by S. Stamenkovic, August 28, 2010
    Read on Politika. rs (Serbian language)
  • VOICE OF AMERICA SERBIAN SERVICE
    Interview with Boris Malagurski in Washington, D.C. by Nikoleta Ilic, April 27, 2010
    Watch on YouTube (Serbian language)
  • SERBIANNA: NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM
    Article about Boris Malagurski’s ” The Weight of Chains”, by Bojan Ratkovic, November 2, 2009
    Read on Serbianna.com (English language)

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  • NOVINAR: “WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?”
    Article about “The Weight of Chains” in Germany, by Srdjan Marjanovic, October 1 8, 2009
    Read on Novinar.de ( Serbian language)
  • B.I. INFOS: “UN GRAND FILM SUR’L EX-YU”
    Article about the film in this Paris based French magazine, by L . Dalmas, November, 2010
    Read here (French language)
  • GLOBAL RESEARCH: “BREAKUP OF YUGOSLAVIA” Article on new documentary film by Boris Malagurski by Bojan Ratkovic, January 7, 2010 Read in English or Serbian

Past Screenings & Premieres

Here is a list of past cinematic screenings of “The Weight of Chains” that took place around the world.

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