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Published on Jul 3, 2013
The film focuses on Macedonia's north-western region, inhabited by the Albanian minority. In 2001 this was the site of a conflict between ethnic Macedonians and Albanians, which produced armed clashes. Only thanks to determined intervention on the part of the international community was a civil war averted. The Ohrid framework agreement, which sealed the peace and set up guidelines for a peaceful coexistence between ethnic groups, became one of the most important success stories of European policy in the Balkans.
The film traces the roots of the conflict, using individual stories to describe realities that confront the people of the region to this day. It illustrates not only political and social events, but also the impressive cultural diversity that characterises this multiethnic state, a product of centuries of coexistence between Orthodox and Islamic cultures. Ohrid, one of the earliest centres of Slavic culture, and Tetovo, Macedonia's second largest city -- in which Muslim Albanians form the majority -- are a window into a culturally heterogeneous country.