A Murder Revisited examines the sinister circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of the French football fan Brice Taton who died two weeks after being attacked in the centre of Belgrade. The unheard before testimonies of victims of hooligan violence, intimidated local journalists and relatives of hooligans reveal the true face of Serbia today where indiscriminate and unpunished acts of violence - orchestrated by the remnants of the Milošević era - hold the country's civil society in a state of permanent fear.
Kalenic, The Last Days of a City Market
The film captures the four seasons in life of a Belgrade city market, which lives its last days before it becomes modernised.The subtle humour and nostalgic approach brings about the traditional culture of Serbian open-air markets. Such market places are getting more modern every day, losing their previous meaning in the lives of the local community.
Events taking place during an armed conflict can be portrayed differently depending on the angle a given media chooses to pursue. Mediatrap is a journey into the lives of young Serbs, like the author himself, whose self-esteem was shattered after years of anti-Serb media portrayal in Canada, and nationalist rhetoric in Serbia. Considering that the lack of diversified information leads the way to propaganda, Mediatrap explores the effect of the ten year long media dehumanization of the Serbs, after being transformed from ordinary citizens into ethnic symbols by their respective media systems.
The documentary film Yugoslavia Triptych features three separate personal stories reflecting upon the deeply buried emotional scars haunting the Balkans for over 20 years. Milan, a documentary filmmaker of Canadian/Serbian origins is highly perturbed by the recent death of a young Frenchman in the city centre of Belgrade. As a sign of defiance against brutal acts of violence by the Serbian right wing hooligans he decides to partake in the highly disputed Belgrade Gay Pride Parade 2012 with unforeseen consequences. Aida, a Bosnian Muslim living in Germany revisits her home town of Foča 19 years after her dramatic departure as a young girl. While talking with former neighbours and friends she slowly comes to grips with the terrifying truth behind her family’s dramatic escape in 1992. Marija, a Macedonian, takes a very personal look at the wild Balkan turbo folk music scene of her adoptive city of Berlin where mediatised kitsch, women with a liking for easy cash and war lords turned businessmen converge. Through emotional experiences of Milan, Aida and Marija the documentary film Yugoslavia Tryptich presents a poignant look at the contemporary Balkans.
Turbo Folk 2.0 (The Second Generation)
Sandra Afrika is a Serbian performer trying to make it big in the Balkan music scene called turbo folk dominated by mafia and silicone enhanced young women singing a fusion of folk music with electro beats. Her claim to success is interwoven with deeply personal stories of her main fan base - the second generation ex-Yugoslavian (Yugo) community facing an insurgence of anti-immigrant sentiment in Germany. Miloš alias DJ Faca tries to stay clean in a clubbing community where mediatised kitsch, former Balkan war lords turned businessman and beautiful women converge. Sanja is a devoted turbo folk fan of Serbian/Macedonian origins working hard during the day and attending turbo folk performances at night with her Croatian and Montenegrin girlfriends. It is during Sandra Afrika’s exuberant gig at the Berlin club the Universal Hall that her fans’ overwhelming desire to escape in nostalgia for a country long gone becomes vividly apparent.
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