Review of “Patriotic Highway” (2019)

Moving picture, 58 minutes

Seen in 2019.

I saw the 58-minute cut on TV, as opposed to the 70-minute cut at GIFF.

International judge Marie Tuma presides over one of the Eulex corruption trials of Fatmir Limaj in Kosovo. A “hero” of the war of liberation in the breakup of Yugoslavia, the Kosovo-Albanian Limaj stands accused of enriching himself off of highway construction contracts while serving as Kosovo’s minister for transportation. He is proud of resisting pressures toward privatization.

Necessarily ugly. It’s a useful meditation on the subject but there is no fun to be had shooting court proceedings from the back of the room. Appropriately, there are no simple answers.

moving picture non-fiction