Dossier: Implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords (TV Political Documentary)


Year of Production
1997
Location of Production
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Dayton, OH and Washington D.C., USA
Original format
Political Documentary – the first locally produced TV programme about the implementation of the peace accords.
Language
English and Bosnian
Theme
Implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords
Research Period
1995 - 1997
Outreach
Bosnia and Herzegovina / USA
Description
A dossier documentary in two episodes (60-75min duration). Episode #1 portrays the peace accords process and its main implementation framework, providing historical context in form of Presidential Dossiers: Slobodan Milosevic (Serbia), Franjo Tudjman (Croatia) and Alija Izetbegovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Episode #2 treats the issues of borders and land swap deals between the two entities (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska). The project aimed to initiate a wide public discussion concerning the peace accords.
PRODUCTION
FAMA

FAMA TEAM

Executive Producer
Suada Kapic
Editor
Miran Norderland
Presidential Dossiers
(Journalists)
Jelena Lovric (Franjo Tudjman);
Vildana Smailbegovic (Alija Izetbegovic);
Vlastimir Mijovic (Slobodan Milosevic)
Presenter / Anchor
Senada Kreso and Donna Williams
TV production team
SAGA and WHIO TV – Channel 7
Design
Ajna Zlatar
Copyright
© FAMA International

Methodology

Because of their influence, those who watch, observe, analyse and explain meaning to the masses are considered a kind of elite; however if this elite use faulty methodology or have impure intentions, it can lead to disastrous consequences. We, the founders of FAMA, the first independent multi-media company in the former Yugoslavia, were fully aware of the sensitivity of the area in which we chose to invest. From the very beginning of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, we knew that documentation, of all types and forms, would play a vital role in the fate of current and future generations. In keeping with our own personal principles, our methods rely on fact, oral history and recorded documentation (documented documents). It is through our unique insight and gift of foresight that we have been able to develop a step by step methodology that 'makes the obvious visible'.

PHASE 1
Gaining insight. This involves watching events attentively with an open mind as an observer rather than a participant, in order to note significant elements of the observed phenomenon; then putting these elements together to identify early signs of any emerging dominant trends that might launch a new process of cause and effect.

PHASE 2
Continuing research through oral history. Those who participated in an observed event talk about their own experience of it, without commenting on other participants. These elements are recorded in photo/video format.

PHASE 3
Structuring the research. Putting first hand facts and documented documents of a particular event, period or phenomenon into a structure that transfers this knowledge in a form acceptable to an audience, devoid of any indicators that would point to a conclusion. Readers, viewers, students, researchers draw their own conclusions on the basis of the given format.

PHASE 4
Converting the structure. This phase involves producing a format suitable for mass production (maps, albums, films, encyclopedias).

PHASE 5
Creating a study pack. We have created an educational pack consisting of different sections that can be used for different levels of education, as our unique contribution to the interpretation of the period 1991-1999.

Dossier: Implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords (TV Political Documentary)

The siege of Sarajevo and the war in B&H ended with the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords. It was important for us to process the subject of the end of the siege: the way the war ended the siege was lifted. To this end, we decided to use the book of the main designer of this Agreement. It was the only way we could document – map the negotiations that ended the siege of Sarajevo. We also wanted to look into the implementation of the agreement.

About the project

The Dossier was the first locally produced TV political documentary dealing with the Peace Accords that was broadcast in both B&H entities. Its main objective was to explain the complex issues of the Accords and to investigate their implementation. FAMA has decided to fill the information gap in the media, and provide the people in Bosnia Herzegovina with professional, highly objective and politically neutral discussion on the Dayton Accords and the ways it affected them and their country.

AIming to provide an overview of the key segments of Afreement and plans for its implementation on local and international level, several media-centers were established in B&H and the USA. The Sarajevo Studio conducted interviews with local politicians and international community representatives in B&H, and prepared analytical reports on three presidents who had signed the peace agreement and had been key political figures during the war in B&H; Slobodan Milosevic (Serbia), Alija Izetbegovic (Bosnia) and Franjo Tudjman (Croatia). The Sarajevo studio also coordinated field reports from both B&H entities in order to provide the full picture of the local political scene, international community policies and the way ordinary people live and think. Studios in Dayton and Washington D.C. provided explainations of the structure and the importance of the Accords and the future of its implementation.