A fight for rights is rarely a fight only for one’s own rights and often the successful fight will be the one in which personal demands have been written into many other conflicts. What such unlikely alliances can produce is to displace and dislocate the known coordinates of the social system, questioning the fixed hierarchy and its attributed roles. One of these unlikely encounters occurred on the day of the Corpus Christy Feast in 2009 in Vukovarska street in Zagreb when the students from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences came to support the farmers’ protests in front of the Ministry of Agriculture building. The euphoric student’s night and the sobering farmer’s day; the media aware activism and the heavy machinery on the streets; plenum democracy and the quarrelling farmers’ associations – are just some of the radically different aspects of this unlikely alliance which will, in the film by Igor Bezinovic, reveal so much about contemporary society in Croatia. Despite the fact that the event received coverage in all the media, this film is the only video footage of this unusual encounter of the students and the farmers.
Fragments of wants, beliefs and attitudes of three collectors of recyclable bottles in Zagreb. On the daily collectors’ route we collect empties and impressions. Three people with different life stories collect empties on the streets of Zagreb. They collect them for different reasons and have different attitudes towards it. As they go about their routine they tell us their daily life, but also share their attitudes on friendship and love, their hopes, wishes and circumstances. A unique opportunity to meet the people we probably would not have a chance to meet if it were not for this film. Listening to the stories of the people who have a lot to share with the world.
"The Blockade" is a unique view from within on the most massive, longest and politically most significant student protest in the country, since 1971, that started in April of 2009 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. The struggle against the commercialization of education and the blockade of teaching classes lasted for 34 days. The rebellion spread onto more than 20 faculties across the country and the students became an active and relevant political subject. The director followed everything: from the exhilarating preparation of meetings and blocking of classes to the first signs of exhaustion, through personal situations and discussions late at night, from the initial support of most faculty members to the moment they turned their back to the movement and the attempt to reach the missing minister of education. This film shows that the blockade was not just physical and that it had a much broader meaning.