A comparison of two representations of the Bosnian conflict

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Both the docudrama, Warriors, and the News report shown on the 23rd April 1993 are structured to tell the story of the Bosnian conflict. They have similar intentions to inform the audience of the crisis and show the results of the ethnic cleansing together with the divide between the Muslims, Serbs and Croats.

Warriors directed by Peter Kominski is a fictionalised representation of the aftermath of the ethnic cleansing experienced due to the conflict in Bosnia. Peter Kosminsky's Warriors depicts the agonising frustration of young soldiers forced to stand by and witness ethnic cleansing and slaughter as members of the UN peacekeeping force in Bosnia. Kominsky interviewed over ninety British soldiers involved in one particular deployment in Bosnia. He also viewed BBC, ITN and amateur video footage in Ahinici in 1993. He wanted the docudrama to look somewhere between newsreel and documentary and also as real as possible.

The realism is created in many different ways.

The use of a hand held camera makes us feel engaged in the drama as the narrative slowly unfolds and our suspense is increased as the soldiers slowly uncover the burnt bodies and we see the sheer destruction caused. The lack of special effects also adds to the realism, as the light is quite natural as is the sound. The use of silence is effective in some places for example, when the soldiers are entering the houses, which they assume will have dead bodies in, as it builds up the tension. If many special effects were used were used it would simply be like a film. Music is used in certain places where relevant. When it used, it is soft and slow to emphasize the solemn feeling and atmosphere, which would have been apparent there. We sympathise greatly with the soldiers and are...