Television “GRK”, 39. Hajduk Veljkova, st.
18400 Prokuplje, Serbia, FRY
Description of the situation and problems
The situation in the region
of Toplica is alarming. TV “Grk” wants to reveal the conduct of the regime
of Slobodan Milosevic by these projects. Holding the authority was the only aim
of the previous regime even though health and lives of people were in danger.
Water from the river Toplica is not for drinking. What
are the factors that caused it, I will try to explain in the project: Toplica
– river of life or death? So, the inhabitants of this region get water from a
small lake which is continiauly drying up. The normal water level in this lake
is 19m but now is about 2m. So, about 80% of population does not have drinking
water. Any talk about water for personal hygiene is unthinkable. Many diseases
or illnesses can be incured because of bad water quality. Officials hide the
truth but it is evident.
In such situations, bad standard
of people is even more stressed.. Many factories do not work, average salary in
Prokuplje is about 35-40DM, and many families are four-membered.
That is the reason of initiating an uncompromising battle
for revealing the truth, those who are responsible for human and ecological
catastrophy must be named.
Description of the production
River Toplica used to be the healthies river in Serbia. Five mineral spring
resorts known in the whole world, flow into it. Kurshumlijska, Prolom, Lukovska,
and mineral springs of Vicha and Suva cesma. The inhabitants used to drink water
30 years ago. They are still drinking but… Behind the mouth of river,
factories were built. Some of them, allow their poisonous material flow into the
river. It is known that the whole region of Toplica use this water for drinking.
The region of Toplica is among the leading regions in Europe with a number of
cancer or kidney diseased people, as well as percentage of mortality. Is there
any end to it? What do the doctors, ecologist, ordinary people say? Can we make
our lives longer?
cooperate on the project:
Committee for Human Rights of Prokuplje, Geological Society “Toplica”
important members of the team:
team of the ecological society “Toplica” AVC compny Belgrade.
location: The whole flow of river Toplica
ten-year old Roma Nechat Krasnici is a refugee from Obilic from Kosovo. He lives
with a group of Roma from Kosovo at the garbage pile. Instead of going to school,
they spend their time searching the garbage, trying to find something to sell or
eat. The other children look down on them. They are not interested in them, they
spend their carefree childhood… Are they the people of the second order who
should be forgotten?
that cooperate on the project:
TV Grk, Committee for Human
Rights of Prokuplje
Language: Serbian, Roma, English
Scenarist: Sasha Kajganovic
important members of the team:
team AVC compny Belgrade for DV format.
location: Prokuplje, Kurshumlija, Leskovac
The purpose of the projects is
to point out:
Toplica population is endangered by the ecological catastrophy. We want to
inform the world with the tragic facts and also to show that we are able to
destroy our health and of our children as well. It is very important to reveal
the careless conduct of Slobodan Milosevic regime, because he was prepared to
sacrifice human lives for the sake of holding the authority.
status of refugees and the members of Roma nationality who are displaced from
Kosovo and their accommodation to new conditions of life.
Direct beneficiaries of these two projects are the whole
population of Toplica region, which has approximately 500.000 inhabitants and
refugees, Roma minority who are displaced from Kosovo.
TV GRK has existed for 4 years. 24 hours programme is
emitted, 17 hours of its own production. Alexandar Djordjevic is the owner of
the television GRK and he is responsible for decision-making procedures. There
are 7 journalists, 3 cameramen and 10 men for editing and programme realisation.
Size and composition of the staff is: 21 persons, 8 are female and 13 are male.