Bajic: We need to make more films about Kosovo, they take your best field and ask you to sign the deed

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Source: Kosovo Online

In the podcast episode "Kontekst," Rados Bajic, a prominent Serbian film and television creator, emphasized that Serbia is under the pressure of NATO from all sides, and he claimed that Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija are the only people in Europe who live in a ghetto-like state, completely disenfranchised. Bajic described this situation as terrifying and a great shame for Europe.

Bajic's previous film and series endeavor, "Mission Halyard," achieved great success internationally, and the popular actor, screenwriter, and director is excitedly announcing a new story that will also center on the theme of Kosovo.

"Those of us in filmmaking must speak about the fate of the Serbian people. We need to create projects with the theme of Kosovo; we must do more of this. I am beginning the production of a film and a series of six one-hour episodes, which will be called 'The Guardian of the Icon of Saint George.' This is about someone who won't give up their home. Southern Serbia has been a very significant and strategically targeted point for decades, aimed at the project of creating Greater Albania. Look, we have the opportunity to see what is happening in North Macedonia, we can see what is happening in Greece. We have the case of Kosovo, and practically, southern Serbia is that big bite that the Albanians want. You know when a cat crouches to take something. Well, they are crouching over southern Serbia, that entire movement, from Radan Mountain all the way down, Medveđa, Lebane, Bujanovac, Presevo. The film 'The Guardian of the Icon of Saint George' centers precisely on this theme, the displacement of the Serbian population from these areas, along the administrative line. The settling of Albanians. Where Albanians burst in armed, seizing property and cutting down forests," Bajic passionately explains.

He adds that the Serbian people in Kosovo must have the absolute support of the entire Serbian society and state.

"I feel a great solidarity with our people in Kosovo. These people show incredible endurance, while the world tolerates the exhibitionism and madness of Albanian leaders. Nothing agreed upon with them is respected. And yet, the Serbs are expected to respect everything, it's simply incredible. They did not allow the Halyard team to go to Kosovo, to go into the enclaves, to pay our respects to those people and to talk with them. They did not let us, although we asked. But, the film went on and was shown. Before that, for all the projects that Kontrast does, films and series, we did promotions in Zvecan, in Kosovska Mitrovica, in Gracanica, and so on. I went there very often," said Bajic.

He revealed an interesting detail from last year when there were months of high tensions in northern Kosovo due to incursions by special Kosovo police forces and terror over the Serbs.

"We must not abandon these people. We simply cannot do that. Let me tell you now. When that crisis happened, when they entered Serbian municipalities with long guns, when the president of the state went to Raska to our corps, there on the security line. I usually work with the Serbian Army and the Ministry of Defense, especially around Halyard, they have given us huge support. I have four grandchildren, but I sent a message to General Mojsilovic, whom I think very highly of, he is a real soldier, a real officer. I sent him this, 'General, sir, as a Serbian and a patriot, not second, not third, not fifth in line, I'm 70 years old, but I am at your disposal. Naturally, I don't think we should shoot at Albanians, I don't think we should solve things by force, but if they are in that story, we must stand, we must say – folks, we are here,'" Bajic conveyed.

Some Serbs, he added, exhibit the most consistent and fiercest forms of intolerance themselves towards their own people, and for that, he says, it is hard to find an explanation.

"I don't know why that is, I have no answer to that question. It seems to me that it is present in some emotional genetics of Serbs, that what comes from outside is better and prettier than what is ours and what was born here. I worked on 'Ravna Gora' in 2012, and then I received death threats. Under the pressure of so-called antifascists, the state got scared, Ravna Gora was removed from the repertoire. It was banned. Watch out, the only demonstrations that were against a TV series in our area were demonstrations against the series Ravna Gora. In front of RTS, 500 of them. My photos with that stop sign, ban. And then there was great pressure, media isolation. Does it make sense to you that Nebojsa Glogovac, who played General Mihailovic for ten episodes, was not invited to a single interview in Belgrade media. Not a single front page. That means that the services... But, thank God, ten years later, we have a completely different story with Halyard. So, something is moving. Something is moving, I have hope," Bajic emphasized.

He believes in the struggle of the Serbian people and Serbia for the right to achieve their national identity in the areas where the Serbian people live.

"People often cross me. Look, he played Dalibor in 'Partisan Squadron,' and he attacks communists. I do not renounce Dalibor. Dalibor, that's a beautiful story. That's a beautiful western that was shot by Siba Krvavac. But, I am against communism. It made more victims than fascism. Look where we've gotten. Someone forcefully takes your best fields and meadows, and then asks you to take the deeds, to certify them and give them the deeds, to give them, here you've taken from us, and now we'll give you all the papers. That's incredible. When it comes to the area of Kosovo and Metohija, that's practically a violation of international law, all ethical norms of humanity, in the most brutal way. And that practically in a single case in Europe, with the help of international sponsors and the international community, in incredible contradiction with all possible norms, appropriation is legitimized," Bajic stressed among other things.

The entire conversation of Rados Bajic with the editor of Kontekst, Milos Garic, can be viewed in the attached video.