At the beginning of the film, two groups were introduced. These two groups were the Catholics and the Muslims. Their relationship appeared to be great at the begging of this film. The two groups looked to be close and respected one another. I feel like they appeared to be close regardless of the different beliefs that each group shared.
The war brought on a number of different changes for men and women. The men during the war had to leave the home to fight in the war. While the men were away at war, the women had to take care of the family. Women, at this time, were stay at home parents and did not usually have jobs. I think the negative effect of this war was that it separated families. No one knew how to handle the aftermath of war and the trauma that this war caused not only physically but mentally as well.
I think that, overall, the war divided these two groups. The Catholics and the Muslims were now divided and you can clearly see that they were not as close. The close relationship was no more and the respect for the other group had disappeared.
Ethnic cleansing was taking out a certain group from the culture. This situation made me think of extreme racism. They were removing these individuals from society when their beliefs didn’t mirror their beliefs. They resorted to many different things to remove these individuals from their society, the most extreme being murder. Overall, I think that it was an extreme way to respond to individuals being scared.