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Aiming at war criminals September 23, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies.
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Richard Gere said he hopes his new film, “Spring Break in Bosnia,” will raise questions about why those wanted for the Balkans’ worst wartime atrocities remain at large.

The movie, directed by Richard Shepard, is being shot in Bosnia and Croatia. It tells the story of a pair of journalists (Gere and Terrence Howard) searching for a war crimes suspect. Although fictional, the character bears a close resemblance to one of the Balkans’ last top suspects, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

Shepard won’t reveal who will play the role of the hunted war criminal, a character he said is meant to symbolize all war criminals at large throughout the world. 

Karadzic and his wartime military chief, Gen. Ratko Mladic, have been on the run since their indictments by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the end of Bosnia’s devastating civil war more than a decade ago.

“We literally talk about this in the film. It’s a question that is asked a lot: ‘Why aren’t these guys found?’ ” Gere, 57, told reporters in Sarajevo on Wednesday.

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