The Dagger

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The Dagger
The Dagger (film).jpg
Directed by Miroslav Lekić
Produced by Bojan Maljević
Bojana Maljević
Written by Miroslav Lekić
Slobodan Stojanović
Based on Nož, a novel 
by Vuk Drašković
Starring Žarko Laušević
Bojana Maljević
Music by Toma Babović
Aleksandar Milić
Cinematography Veljko Despotović
Edited by Branislav Milošević
Distributed by Monte Royal Pictures
Running time
135 min.
Country FR of Yugoslavia
Language Serbian

The Dagger (Serbian: Нож, Nož; which means Knife) is a 1999 Serbian war drama film directed by Miroslav Lekić. The film was written by Miroslav Lekić, Slobodan Stanojević and Igor Bojović. The plot is based on Vuk Drašković's novel of the same name.

The main motive of the film is the eventually disclosed nonsense of ethnic division in contemporary Bosnia, poiting out to the same historical origin of both opposed ethnic groups, Bosnian Serbs and Bosniaks, i.e. Christians and Muslims. Set in the 1960s and observed from the point of view of Alija Osmanović, a young Muslim medical student raised by single mother, his entire family slaughtered and his baby brother kidnaped by Serbs in World war II, as the aftermath of Jugovići (Christian) and Osmanovići (Muslim) violent family feud, he learns not only that Osmanovići were once but a branch of Jugovići family who converted to Islam during the Turkish rule, but that, unbeknownst to his mother, he himself was a baby taken from Jugoviči, after the massacre of Jugovići on Christmas Eve in 1942. Both families now extinct, and Alia as the descendant of both, torn between two cultures and two identities, he struggles to maintain his inner peace, desperately searching for his long lost step-brother and fighting the prejudices against the love relationship he has with a Serbian colleague student.

Although based on true events of World War II, but lacking a wider perspective and being centered on the atrocious crimes committed to Serbs during World War II, and the particular families of Jugovići and Osmanovići, the movie stays considered a Serbian propaganda piece by Bosniaks, viewes as attempting to justify the crimes committed during the war in the 90's by presenting a view of history, by which all inhabitants of western Balkans are Serbs.

In 1999, the film was screened at the 13th Montenegro Film Festival, and gained five featured awards.[1][2] The film also earned the “Fipresci Award” for Directing, five acting awards in the Niš Film Festival and the “Crystal Star” at the Brussels Film Festival.[2]



  1. ^ "13. filmski festival". Montenegro Film Festival. Freshidea. 1999. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Dagger". Monte Royal. © Monte Royal Pictures International. 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 

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