Exclusive interview with mother of Radovan Karadzic
- (25 Feb 2002)
Montenegro 23 February 2002
(60 kilometers north of the city of Niksic)
1. Wide shot mountains
2. Wide shot mountain road under snow
3. Various pan across the village (Radovan Karadzic's birth place)
4. Various church and local graveyard (where most of Karadzic's ancestors were buried)
Niksic, Montenegro 23 February 2002
5. Various Jovanka Karadzic walking around her house in Niksic
6. Various Jovanka Karadzic in her house
8. Jovanka sitting, listening to Serbian folk song, crying
9. Jovanka showing photo of her son
10. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Jovanka Karadzic, mother of Radovan Karadzic:
"This is the picture of my son Radovan. When I can't be photographed with him live, we instead talk to each other this way very often. To the picture."
11. Various Jovanka making coffee
12. Jovanka showing letters from Serbians living in Canada
13. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Jovanka Karadzic, mother of Radovan Karadzic
(when asked how does it feel to live like that as a mother of a hero that is being hunted down by the international community)
"My God, my son, it is hard to live like that. It is hard to live with that pain, but there are things worse than that. There are mothers that lost their sons, they are mothers as well, and they were their sons. That hurts me and I feel sorry. There are also mothers, that would not be happy that they have given birth to such a son. I feel compassion about this, because I have delivered a son who supports the Serb cause, and who is appreciated by Serbs. That cures me, thank God, sometimes I think very desperately, but then I pull myself together. I don't want to be down. Although I feel hard inside, I'm not ashamed. "
14. Jovanka holding newspapers
15. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Jovanka Karadzic, mother of Radovan Karadzic
(when asked about the war)
"It was in someone's interest. But that was not due to us being evil or bad. Because we never went to steal from someone, we never killed anyone. We defend our homes, and now we are the war criminals. I don't know."
16. Cutaway newspaper headlines
17. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Jovanka Karadzic, mother of Radovan Karadzic:
"The Serbs, they have paid the highest price. With their dearest. You can't get it back. With lives and blood of their children. They paid a price but they also appreciate it very much. They got something they never had - they got the state where it never was before. People appreciate that they got the state. They appreciate that and they guard him very well. I wish to thank them for that. I hope God could pay them for that. I can not."
18. Jovanka Karadzic showing family photos
19. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Jovanka Karadzic, mother of Radovan Karadzic
(when asked about Radovan's health)
"He is okay, he is healthy, even psychically. In all ways."
20. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Jovanka Karadzic, mother of Radovan Karadzic
(when asked - could send the message to your Radovan, what would you tell him?)
"I have nothing else to say besides that he should continue to be as brave as he has been up to now. He should resist, there are a lot of people around him."
21. Cutaway newspaper headlines on Karadzic
22. SOUNDBITE (Serbian) Jovanka Karadzic, mother of Radovan Karadzic
(when asked if she is following former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's trial at the Hague.)
"But now, since he went there, he really stands heroically and brave there. As I can see he is defending himself and discrediting the witnesses."
23. Jovanka next to big wall photo of her son Radovan
Jovanka Karadzic is proud of her oldest son - the U.N. war crimes tribunal's most wanted man - and has trouble understanding why the rest of the world can't see he is innocent.
And she's grateful for the Serbs who have helped her son elude capture.
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