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      • 25. November 2019.
    • The well-known Czech author, film director Vaclav Dvorak, has learned from his own experience that the path to the truth about Kosovo and Metohija is a long and difficult one. That did not unhinge him in pursuit and efforts to persistently convey the truth he came up with while making the movie "Stolen Kosovo". The fate of his movie is similar to the fate of the topic the movie is talking about.

      While in Kosovo in 2004, Dvorak soon realized that information from the southern Serbian province reported by the Czech media was nowhere near true. "We were presented witha completely different picture of reality and events. I realized that everything was a lie, that everything was being abused and turned against Serbia. So, I wanted to make a movie that would let the truth come out and be seen."

      "Stolen Kosovo" treats the new "Orwellian" concept of humanitarian bombardment and discusses the outcome of such a cynically proclaimed "humanity." With a professional documentary approach, the film captures the most significant events in the 20th century Serbian history, starting with the Balkan Wars, until Tito's decision not to let expelled Serbs to return to Kosovo and Metohija, while giving their homes generously to the Albanian poor. NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia, everything that preceded the aggression and everything that remained as a consequence - are the main themes of the film.

      Czech television repeatedly delayed broadcasting it several times, claiming the documentary was "unbalanced" and marked with "pro-Serbian bias“. The director responded that the same could be said for "Holocaust documentaries that did not reflect other party views“. The movie is available online, where it captures huge ratings.

      Vaclav Dvorak was the initiator of a petition to introduce the topic of Kosovo into the Czech public sphere, demanding that the Czech Republic reconsider the decision to recognize the independence of the so-called Republic of Kosovo: "Barbarism that is incomprehensible to the civilized world still is very much visible on the Albanian side. Endangerment of Serbs and non-Albanians, the apparent and un acceptable usurpation of their property, the cruel audacity of the aggressor. I most admire the people who despite the oppression returned to their homes, started all over again resisting the hardships life has imposed on them. These people should be helped in every way, not just in words.”

      Undeterred in the marathon battle for the truth about Kosovo, Dvorak launched internet newspaper „Kosovo Online“. Confronting lies about Srebrenica and the suffering of Srebrenica Serbs fed to the global public by the western media for more than two decades, he started to prepare material for a movie with a working title "Srebrenica - Facts and Lies" and hopes to premiere in 2020, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the events in Srebrenica.

      Vaclav Dvorak was born in 1948, lives and works in Prague. He graduated from The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague or FAMU and his graduation film "Nelson 34" on the disaster of the brown coal mine has won multiple festival awards. His documentaries on Picasso, Einstein and Josef Kainar (a late Czech poet, lyrics writer, dramatic author and translator, but also a musician, illustrator, artist and journalist) also have attracted a lot of attention.

      His work on Czech television stood out like "Portrait of the Square", then a TV film about Jaroslav Hasek, as well as part of the series "Chronicle of our lives". He led the film crew on the Ecuadorian Geological-Botanical Expedition from which some extraordinary works arose.

      Vaclav Dvorak is chairman of the „Civil Society Friends of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija" as well as the Independent Media Association. He is the editor-in-chief of an independent web daily and media advisor to a Member of the European Parliament.

      Recognizing the true director's signature, unique humanity as well as the importance of the long-standing dedicated struggle for truth, the Karic Foundation honours the "Karic Brothers“ Award to Vaclav Dvorak for outstanding achievements in film and television art.

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