In a small village near the front-line, three drunken Croatian soldiers plan to take revenge on a Serb by targeting his house. The man turns out to be at home and gets shot. But there is a witness: his eleven-year-old daughter.
Set amidst the Croatian War of Independence, a thick atmosphere of dread hangs over this picture concerned with a war fuelled by ethnic hatred and a tragic murder that took place at its center. Witnesses bravely faces a dark moment in Croatian history wherein corruption was left unchallenged.
Any story set in the Yugoslav wars is undoubtedly interesting, as there are many groups of people involved - meaning there are many stories to be told from many different perspectives. "Witnesses" is a complex, angst-plagued story told "Rashomon" style, from different characters' perspectives. It was a stark tale in a miserable setting - and it worked surprisingly well.