The Weight of Chains
What was Yugoslavia to the people who used to live there? Some say it was the symbol of independence. Others say it was developing and changing country that could offer everything to everyone. A society of self-management for all its people. But many would conclude that it is not so easy to say what Yugoslavia was.
The author of this documentary, Boris Malagurski (who also made Kosovo: Can You Imagine?), thinks that his early childhood in Yugoslavia was not bad at all. It was a a very close culture and people cared about each other in so many ways. You just don't see that in the western world in the same way.
He also remembers some other aspects of his life in Yugoslavia like his family, vacations, politics, economy, the standard of living, free medical care and education, guaranteed right to a job, affordable public transportation, housing and utilities, literacy rate over 90%, life expectancy of 72 years, etc.
Yugoslavia was a different case because it had established its own form of socialist model of economic activity which was mixed economy of private capitalist enterprises with state run industry and worker cooperatives. It was considered to be a success story of market socialism.
It had higher rates of growth than most of the countries in Western Europe. It had an advanced welfare state, it was a multiethnic society which lived in harmony, and in many regards it was a model of development.
I guess you could say that there is really something special about this land. So why people spilled so much blood over it? What went wrong? Who was to blame here? If you thought you knew why Yugoslavia broke up, get ready for 2 hours of shocking facts that will shed a different light on Western intervention in the Balkans.
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