AN OPEN LETTER TO MRS.GLENDA JACKSON, ACTRESS,
MEMBER OF THE LABOUR PARTY OF GREAT BRITAIN
BLOOD-STAINED SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY OF MY COUNTRY
My name is Svetlana Bojkovic. My upbringing does not allow me to
Messrs Tony Blair and Robin Cook, since they do not belong
to our artistic
family. Therefore, I am addressing You, appealing to
Your artistic being,
a being universal in the entire world.
Belgrade is my hometown I have been living in. For more than a month
we have not been sleeping because of the sound of sirens and bombs
falling every night on my city, and my country, Yugoslavia.
will understand this better if I tell You that, as a nation
our will, we have been drawn into a cruel theatre in which someone
invisible is playing a game of collective
russian roulete with us, every night.The invisible ones,
also include Your countrymen.
This spring, Mrs.Jackson, in Serbia and Montenegro,
we are not performing
bloody scenes from Shakespeare's tragedies.These scenes are, unfortunately,
part of our everyday life, our reality.What we live in is not a
theatre.This is a theatre of cruelty, if, according to Shakespeare
world's a stage". Are You aware, dear Mrs.Jackson, that the NATO
piloted also by Your countrymen are, day after day, "accidentally"
our innocent people and children, because mistakes can always happen.That
is the russian roulete we are going through.
I assume that You have heard and perhaps even seen footage of the
which NATO planes caused destroying my country's national
television.Mrs.Jackson, I belive that You have an open mind because
have followed Your work and I know that You are an artist.Therefore,
addressing You, although I would like to spare You from the cruel
truth I witnessed during the struggle for the lives of The Serbian
Television's workers on duty, at the funeral of the innocent killed.Even
now, as I am writing to You, several more people are lying underneath
demolished floors like living dead.
I would not want this to happen in Your countru, to Your BBC, because
You would probably be painfully weeping, as I am weeping now.And
understand Your grief. Before I saw You on the stage of The Lyric
(1982), I had already known You as Elisabeth of England from TV
as Heda Gabler.Later on, I acted both roles myself in my country.
Mrs.Jackson, You belong to an island nation.And being on an island
being alone.Your people has fought for centuries not to be alone.It
still fighting the same battle.Do You realize, and I belive You
do, that a
country can be an island in the middle of a continent.That is my
today, with bridges torn down and people separated from their own.
awkward in explaining all meanings of bridges to You, as an artist
admire.Therefore I will quote our Nobel-prize winner Ivo Andric:"Bridges
are like eternal and eternally insatiable human desire to conect,
and join everything that appears in front of our
spirit, our eyes and legs, so that there would be no divisions,
opositions and partings".
On behalf of the innocent people killed in the Grdelica Gorge, on
the innocent ones killed in Aleksinac, on behalf of the innocent
refugees from Croatia who met their death in Kosovo, on behalf
innocent convoy of killed Albanian refugees returning to Kosovo,
of the innocent Workers of The Radio and Television of Serbia,
burnt while doing their jobs, on behalf of the tree-year-old girl
Batajnica killed by a shell fragment in the toilet, on behalf of
one thousand innocent people killed, I implore You to do something
bloody game to end.
Do something in the name of the lives of our , Yugoslav children
grandchildren who are not going to school and are wasting their
childhood.Do you realize that this is not only a physical but also
spiritual genocide, that we are probably new Indians in the middle
Do something as a member of Great Britain's ruling Labour Party.I
that, as an artist, You have and must have greater strength and
vision of this world.I would like to hear the voice of Your artistic
soul.That is the least we, Yugoslav artists, expect from You. If
cannot, in the name of
Christ, we will forgive You.
Actress Svetlana Bojkovic (51), mother of Katarina Zutic (26),
actress, whose late father Milos Zutic was an actor, and wife of
Draskic (61), director at "The Artelje 212" theatre and professor
Universitry of Belgrade.
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