Illegal migrants and asylum-seekers are housed in refugee centers in Serbia following dramatic flights from the war and destitution gripping areas in North Africa and the Middle East. These people must pass through a complex period of adaptation to life in Serbia, though in most cases their aim is to arrive in countries within the European Union. This incisive docu-drama highlights the socio-political context in which they show their individual worth, in the process becoming protagonists with whom viewers can identify, whose struggles through adversity and whose fates they can understand.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Miodrag Milošević, Orfeas Skutelis
Meho Puzić, Gabriella Benak, Milan Nenin
Stanley Akumbe, Mohamed Lee, Ibrahim Karabo, Duru Jelad, Brian Schwarz, Guy Maestracci, Stojan Sjekloća, Alharake Mohammed, Bojan Milivojević
Playground produkcija, Novi Sad
From the late 60s, Želimir Žilnik’s socially engaged films made in former Yugoslavia (The Unemployed, Early Works, Black Film) earned him accolades, but also censorship in the 70s for his criticism of the government apparatus. Low budget filmmaking and challenging political themes mark his career that includes over 50 films. Since the 1980s, he has been developing his unique docu-drama language, used throughout 1990s to reflect on political tensions in the Balkans. More recently, his focus has shifted beyond the divided Balkans to question its relationship with the tightening controls of European borders, delving into the heart of issues of refugees and migrants in Fortress Europe, followed by Kenedi trilogy. Projects that follow, The Old School of Capitalism, One Woman – One Century, Pirika on Film and Logbook_Serbistan all add to the story of a system of values generated in disputable social systems, a narrative, which runs through Žilnik's film career so far.
A Newsreel on Village Youth, in Winter (1967), Little Pioneers (1968), The Unemployed (1968), June Turmoil (1969), Early Works (1969), Black Film (1971), The Women Are Coming (1972), Freedom or Cartoons (1972), Uprising in Jazak (1973), Request (1974), Public Execution (1974), I Do Not Know What That Should Mean (1975), Farewell (1975), Inventory (1975), Under the Protection of the State (1975), House Orders (1975), Paradise. An Imperialist Tragicomedy (1976), Market People (1977), The Comedy and Tragedy of Bora Joksimović (1977), Stars of 45 Turning in Your Mind (1978), Seven Hungarian Ballads (1978), Volunteers (1979), The Illness and Recovery of Buda Brakuš (1980), Vera and Eržika (1981), Dragoljub and Bogdan: Electricity (1982), The First Trimester of Pavle Hromiš (1983), The Second Generation (1984), Stanimir Descending (1984), Good Morning Belgrade (1985), Pretty Women Walking through the City (1986), Stumbling Sheep (1986), Hot Paychecks (1987), Brooklyn-Gusinje (1988), The Way Steel Was Tempered (1988), Oldtimer (1989), Black and White (1990), Silo Danube, Vukovar (1993), Tito among the Serbs for the Second Time (1994), Marble Ass (1995), Throwing off the Yolks of Bondage (1996), For Ella (1997), Wanderlust (1998), Fortress Europe (2000), Cosmo Girls (2000), EXIT in the Morning (2002), Kenedi Goes Back Home (2003), Europe Next Door (2005), Kenedi, Lost and Found (2005), Soap in Danube Opera (2006), Kenedi Is Getting Married (2007), The Old School of Capitalism (2009), One Woman – One Century (2011), Pirika on Film (2013), Our Man in Gabon (2014), Logbook_Serbistan (2015), After the Flood (2016).