Grbavica, the Bosnia movie that won the top prize at Berlin last month, will not be seen in the Serbian sections of Bosnia and Herzegovina for fear that it might provoke the population into unrest. The film, which explores the terrible reality of "Bosnia's post-war trauma and the lingering impact of the systematic rape of women by Serb soldiers during the 1992-95 conflict," is seen by Serbs in the country as nothing more than propaganda. It is believed that the actual number of Bosnia women raped during the war is far greater than the official estimate of 20,000.

Interestingly, the absence of the film from screens is not to due to its banning, but rather a decision by Oscar Film, Grabavica's local distributor, which chose to withhold the film. According to Oscar's president, his reasons were both political and economic: "We live in the Serb part of Bosnia and we don't want to provoke a revolt of the Serb population and, since there is no interest in the movie, we do not have the economic interest to show it." Jesus, what a reality (just in case anyone needed a reminder of just how easy things are over here).
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