In the Kosovo War, human dignity was shattered by the terrors of the Serbian government and the Albanian liberation army. Truths about the victims’ fates faded away, which is why a Finnish forensic research group led by Helena Ranta got a mission to act as an unbiased agent and investigate the real course of events.
Elli Rintala’s documentary returns to the investigation work of the war years by combining new and old video footage and perspectives from different sides. The differences in these perspectives reveal the challenges in solving conflicts as well as the contradictions hidden in neutrality. Like Ranta notes: ”Truth is always the first victim when it comes to conflicts.”
Although the starting point of the research group is to simply tell the truth about what happened, the different sides of the war demand more: support for their own viewpoints. Maintaining objectivity demands continuous balancing and negotiation skills from Ranta, as excessive friendliness or empathy might put the objectivity of the whole investigation into question. On the other hand, truth is a threat that reveals lies and the ones at fault. The investigation does not advance straightforwardly, especially in the midst of an inflammable conflict.
Ranta is pulled into tense situations, the complicated nature of which is enhanced by the musical atmosphere of the documentary, returning to the sadness behind everything – the fragility of human dignity and the difficulty to face the truth.
Iisa Arvelin (translated by Elina Huttunen)