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Kosovo: Fragile Peace

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In the heart of Kosovo, an international mission struggles to bring democracy to a land torn apart by bloodshed. As Director of Democratization for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, Canadian lawyer Carolyn McCool is trying to build bridges between Kosovo Albanians and Serbs. Her greatest challenge is to ensure Serb participation in the region's first free central election. A 1999 NATO bombing campaign halted an attempt by Serb forces under Slobodan Milosevic to eliminate Albanians from Kosovo. But it has not brought peace.

As Carolyn strives to help stabilize a war-ravaged land, she is joined by her 20-year-old daughter Kate. Documenting her adventures in a video diary, Kate travels with a musical roadshow to generate grassroots support for the election among Albanian and Serb youth. As polling day draws near, tensions mount. If democracy fails, will the cycle of violence escalate? Through the eyes of mother and daughter, this film offers a rare glimpse into the front lines of democracy-building and the subtleties of life in a post-conflict society.

2002, 53 min 01 s

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Award for Most Inspirational Short film - given by the Youth Jury (ages 13+)
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
March 4 to 8 2003, Vancouver - Canada

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