70 min


The Investigator


Directing: Viktor Portel


Vladimír Dzuro is the first Czech investigator to have worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He collected evidence against war criminals and ethnic cleansing perpetrators. His two biggest cases include the Ovčara massacre, related to Vukovar’s mayor Slavko Dokmanović, and ethnic cleansing committed by the war baron Željko Ražnatović - also known as Arkan. We join Vladimír Dzuro on his metaphorical and real journey across the places of investigation in former Yugoslavia and meet the survivors of these cases. What is the landscape of the Balkans, which saw a fratricidal conflict twenty-five years ago, look like today? What happened to the people who still live there and to their memory? What is the significance and meaning of justice brought from the outside?
The film is inspired by Vladimir Dzuro’s bestselling book, The Investigator – Demons of the Balkan War, published in the Czech Republic as Vyšetřovatel – Démoni balkánské války a světská spravedlnost, by Grada Publishing (2017) and in the USA by Potomac Books (2019).


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