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Author: Carmen Gray

A Monument To Memory: Ognjen Glavonić’s “The Load”

Determined to dismantle the culture of silence and secrecy stemming from Serbia’s reluctance to reckon with shameful aspects of its past, director Ognjen Glavonić was driven to make his first fiction feature, The Load (2018), which defies political taboo to shed light on blind spots in his nation’s collective memory. Equating self-examination with the prospect of hope, with unflinching honesty, it bears witness to a war crime committed and covered up during the Kosovo War: the 1999 transportation of truckloads of bodies belonging to Albanian civilians killed by Serb forces, to be buried in mass graves in the Belgrade suburbs....

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