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Adisa or a Thousand Years Story / Adisa O La Storia Dei Mille Anni [FL 15]
A voyage among men, women, and children of the Romany people in Bosnia Hercegovina, documenting the reality and the present life in a country still wounded by the consequences of the war.
D'orzi, Massimo D., Italy, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

When I Grow Up, I'll Be Kangaroo / Kad porastem biću kengur [FL 29]
Another of Radivoje Andric’s urban comedies, although less successful than Munje. The film consists of three parallel and interconnected stories happening to a group of friends, all of them in their mid 20s, one summer day in the Belgrade suburb Vozdovac. The first story follows Braca, the guy from the neighborhood with no money, on his date with a famous model. Although she belongs to a different world from his, Braca has fallen in love and wants to take her back home. The second story is situated in the betting cafe, where Somi and Duje together with other regulars anxiously watch the football game between Manchester and Eastwich. Since their old school friend Kangaroo is the Eastwich goalkeeper they have bet on Eastwich winning. The last story happens on the roof of an apartment building in Vozdovac where Avaks and Hibrid spend their days doing nothing and drinking beer, that is until they see a UFO. In the end, the whole group gathers on the same roof, where they recover from their unsuccessful adventures: Braca quarrelled with his date and went home alone, Somi and Duje sold their winning betting ticket before the end of the match, and Avaks and Hibrid failed to record their unusual vision and did not become famous when the TV crew came to take their testimonies.
Andrić, Radivoje, Serbia and Montenegro, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 92 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Professional / Profesionalac [FL 30]
Until recently a University professor, a bohemian writer, a member of Belgrade's intellectual circles and a passionate opponent of the Milosevic regime, Teja is now the manager of a big publishing house. One day, during a strike, a strange visitor comes uninvited to his office, carrying a big suitcase. The man turns out to be an ex-secret security agent who dedicated the last ten years of his life entirely to Teja as he continuously spied and wrote reports on him. His suitcase is full of Teja’s belongings, some of them very precious, ranging from these reports and Teja’s collected speeches to the favorite toys of Teja’s son. The rest of the film follows the long conversation between the two men, coming from different and even opposing backgrounds. Full of sudden surprises and intimate details, interrupted by numerous flashbacks, the conversation reveals how interconnected the lives of these two men were, during this long decade of Milosevic’s regime.
Kovačević, Dušan, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 104 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Wounds / Rane [FL 33]
Based on a true story and constructed as a series of flashbacks, the film follows Pinki and his childhood friend Švabo as they come of age in Belgrade in the first half of the 1990s. After apprenticeship under a small-time gangster and war criminal, the teenagers start their own booming criminal career when U.N. sanctions create a black-market for just about everything. Soon, they take over their mentor’s business as well as his girlfriend and their extreme behavior and first killing win them a guest spot on a celebrity-gangster TV talk-show “The Street Pulse” which glamorizes criminals. With their brains more and more fried by coke and fame, the boys kill anyone who gets in their way or simply on their nerves. They become increasingly callous and violent, eventually turning on each other. In the film’s dramatic climax Pinki and Švabo end up shooting each other and lying barely alive in the same rubble-strewn lot where they used to hurl stones at one another when they were kids.
Dragojević, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1998, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 99 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Hornet / Stršljen [FL 34]
Combining a crime plot with a tragic love story, the film is set against the background of the recent Albanian-Serbian conflict in Kosovo. Shot before the Kosovo war, the film follows young Belgrade student Andrijana, in love with a mysterious Italian with whom she luxuriously travels across Europe. After she realizes that he is actually a Kosovo Albanian she starts to worry, and with constant changes of their place of residence, she gradually realizes that her boyfriend is involved in some shady business. The family drama evolves further as it soon becomes clear that he is a hit man for the Albanian drug mafia, while his brother is a detective with Serbian police who are trying to stop the drug route across Kosovo. Torn between Albanian mafia, family ties and chased by the Serbian police, he tries unsuccessfully to save his love and his life. Interestingly, but not unexpectedly in a bloody finale he also kills his own brother, otherwise virtually the only positive Albanian character of the whole movie.
Stojanovic, Gorcin, Yugoslavia, 1998, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 107 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Thunderbirds – aka Dudes Thunderbirds / Dudes / Munje! [FL 45]
Urban comedy, happening during one night in Belgrade in late 1990s. Mare and Pop are childhood friends and aspiring musicians wishing to record and release the first Serbian drum & bass album. A guy who can help them is their school friend “Sissy”Gojko, the owner of a club and recording studio, whom they used to bully in school. Unfortunately, Gojko - now a successful boss surrounded by bodyguards - has not forgotten the mistreatment from his school days and decides to trick them. The night is full of trouble for Mare and Pop as they head for Gojko’s night club where they want to pick up the promised recorded tracks. They manage to get thrown out of the parties, end up in fights, meet two girls, one of whom is Gojko’s girlfriend and in an attempt to get their money back they meet a strange series of characters including a false Santa Claus who steals medicine from drugstores, a cool cop who smokes cannabis and an ex-football star who solves problems. In a hilarious finale, where Mare, backed up by the authority of the policeman’s gun, decides to take things into his own hands, everything turns out nicely. Mare and Pop finally end up on the winning streak, getting it all - money, recordings and the beautiful girls.
Andrić, Radivoje, Yugoslavia, 2001, Serbian/Subtitles: Slovenian, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Serbian Epics [FL 282]
Documentary profile of Radovan Karadžić, the Bosnian Serb leader, and examination of the forces that drive Serbian nationalism.
Pawlikowski, Paul, United Kingdom, 1993, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

The Anatomy of Pain / Anatomija bola [FL 284]
Film about the NATO bombing of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation's headquarters in Belgrade on April 23, 1999, when according to official reports 19 were killed.
Baljak, Janko, Yugoslavia, 2000, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 32 min, documentary film, VHS

Ravens / Crni gavrani [FL 309]
The story of Dušan Vuković, a father who decided to refuse the medal awarded to his dead son. Aleksandar Vuković was killed during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and the Milošević regime decorated him for bravery. The father decided to return the medal for they consider their son’s death pointless. His grandfather, on the other hand, hails him as a hero and is proud of the grandson who died defending his country. Opposing views on heroism in a war-torn country.
Gvardiol, Zelimir, Yugoslavia, 2001, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 15 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

I Don't Know Where, Or When, Or How / Ne znam ni gde, ni kad, ni kako [FL 310]
Since 1986 the death rate among older people in Yugoslavia has risen five times and the number of suicides has increased dramatically. The film captures a sensitive portrait of a number of aged people in the war-torn country, their alienation, confusion and, most importantly, their sense of dignity.
Gvardiol, Zelimir, Yugoslavia, 1995, Serbian, 8 min, documentary film, VHS

Pretty Dyana [FL 313]
An intimate look at Roma refugees in a Belgrade suburb who make a living by transforming Citroën's classic 2cv and Dyane cars into Mad Max-like recycling vehicles, which they use to collect cardboard, bottles and scrap metal These modern horses are much more efficient than the cart-pushing competition, but even more important -- they also mean freedom, hope and style for their crafty owners. Even the car batteries are used as power generators in order to get some light, watch TV and recharge cell-phones! Almost an alchemist's dream come true! But the police don't always find these strange vehicles funny…
Mitić, Boris, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 44 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 1: The 1965 Reform [FL 402]
The when and whys of the failed processes of the country's democratization and decentralization. Was the disintegration of Yugoslavia already foreshadowed back at that time? From the 1960s onwards the conflict between modern and conservative, reform and anti-reform, centralist and federalist forces dominates the League of Communist of Serbia, and Serbian society as a whole. The anti-reform current wins the battle. The 1968 student protest and the Praxis group. A period crucial to understanding the processes that triggered the dissolution of the Yugoslav state and the accompanying wars.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 2: Rise and Fall of the Liberals [FL 403]
Serbian intellectual circles respond to the desire for more independence voiced by republican leaderships of the former Yugoslavia by calling for the integration of all Serbs, primarily in the cultural domain. At the same time an alternative group – known as the Liberals - emerges within the communist party. As a solution to interethnic relations, the Liberals advocate more independence for a decentralized Serbia, and consistent federalization for Yugoslavia.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 3: Opening of the Serbian Question [FL 404]
Writer Dobrica Cosic’s circles and the Praxis group – the former open the Serbian national issue, while the latter stand up for the Yugoslav idea. In late 60s and early 70s the two opposition groupings are unquestionably alike – both criticized the Yugoslav socialist system. Many Yugoslavs turn into Serbs. The concept of a unified Yugoslavia turns into the idea of cultural union of territories inhabited by Serbs. When accepted as a full member of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cosic delivers a speech that as of that moment associates just one of his phrases, “Serbs are wartime victors, and peacetime losers.”
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 4: The 1974 Constitution [FL 405]
The model of centralised rule is definitely worn out. Over debates that precede the declaration of the Constitution, more and more reference is made to Yugoslavia as an artificial creation, the dungeon of the Serbian people. The 1974 Constitution – the last attempt to preserve the multiethnic state through federalization, but also a source of its disintegration. The Constitution does not guarantee political freedoms or a market economy, but it sets up institutions supposed to replace Tito. The provinces are entitled to constitutions of their own, and their competencies actually equal those of the republics. The prevalent cultural and political elites of the majority Serbian nation strongly oppose the change.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 5: National Program Completes [FL 406]
Early 80s – intellectual elites stage a campaign for the freedom of expression, assembling intellectuals from all over the former Yugoslavia. Professors from the Praxis group make up the core of the strongest opposition group, the Free University. Mid-80s – intellectuals propagating a national state of all Serbs as the only option begin to take over the Serbian political scene on the eve of the country's disintegration and wars. The concept that turns into a state policy when Milosevic comes to power.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 6: Party Plays the Oracle [FL 407]
Late 80s in the former Yugoslavia – economic crisis, high levels of debt, inflation, unemployment. The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences' Memorandum, the first program committed to paper that promotes the national unity of Serbs even beyond Serbia's borders. Tendencies towards more independence grow stronger in Slovenia and Croatia, as well as in the province of Kosovo. In East Europe's last decade of communism, it is authoritarianism that carries the day in Serbia. The dogmatic wing in the League of Communists of Serbia that defeats the pro-compromise group, joins hands with opposition cultural elites.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 7: Homogenization [FL 408]
April 1987 – S. Milosevic goes to the town of Kosovo Polje and promises to the Serbian masses, “No one is allowed to beat you.” In June 1989 in Gazimestan, he goes public with his solution to the crisis and says, “Six centuries after the Battle of Kosovo we are again in battle. Though this is not an armed conflict, even such conflicts are not to be ruled out.” The Berlin wall is toppled. Instead of opting for political and economic reforms, the Serbian regime, cultural elites and opposition parties which emerged in 1990 actually reach a consensus on the Greater Serbia program.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 8: Kosovo [FL 409]
The emancipation of Albanians in Kosovo in the aftermath of the World War II and a historical overview of Kosovo’s autonomy. What makes Kosovo Albanians demand a republic of their own in 1968? What makes Serbs and Montenegrins move out? Serbian authorities clamp down on every Albanian revolt. It is Kosovo where the repression of political prisoners is the worst. Kosovo’s autonomy is annulled after an unprecedented anti-Albanian campaign throughout the 1980s.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 9: The Role of the Yugoslav People's Army [FL 410]
In 1980s the YPA is reorganized. The territorial defense system is dismantled. Serbia prepares for war. Top army officers see Milosevic as the “only champion” of the SFRY and thus of the YPA's interests. The YPA distances itself from other Yugoslav republics, turns into a Serbian army and plays a crucial role in the dissolution of ex-Yugoslavia.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

A Look Into the Past. Serbia 1965-91, part 10: The International Community and Yugoslav Crisis [FL 411]
The international community endeavors to maintain Yugoslavia – but how? Germany and the Vatican recognize an independent Croatia, but under certain conditions. The Hague Conference – the international community’s last attempt to prevent a war in the territory of ex-Yugoslavia. Prospects for the SFRY’s joining Euro-Atlantic organizations and programs – the Council of Europe, PHARE, EBRD, associate membership of the European Community – open in parallel.
Paković, Zlatko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

Balkan Spy / Balkanski špijun [FL 451]
This tragicomedy is set in the midst of communist era in Yugoslavia. Ilija Čvorović, a former Informbureau member who spent years in prison because of his activities, is called in by the police to answer routine questions about his new subtenant. After working in Paris as a tailor for twenty years, Petar Jakovljević recently returned to his homeland where he wants to open a tailor’s shop. Though the inspector does not find anything suspicious in Ilija’s report, Čvorović is soon convinced that his subtenant represents a threat to national security. When the police ignore his warnings, he begins his own hilarious surveillance operation against the innocent man. His paranoia grows every day and he even manages to convince his wife and twin brother that the subtenant is an agent of imperialist powers. Assured that he has uncovered a major conspiracy, Ilija invites his brother to help him “dispose of the enemy.” In the final confrontation, he suffers a heart attack and Jakovljević manages to escape after first calling the ambulance. Ilija’s last thoughts are still focused solely on stopping the “enemy.”
Nikolić, Božidar ; Kovačević, Dušan, Yugoslavia, 1981, Serbian, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Marathon Family / Maratonci trče posljednji krug [FL 452]
Set in interwar Yugoslavia, this black comedy evolves around the Topalović family, consisting of five generations of males, the youngest one aged 25 and the oldest 120. After the death of 150-year-old Pantelija, a fight over the family inheritance starts. Mirko, the youngest, refuses to carry on the morticians’ trade which has been for generations the family’s main occupation. He is encouraged by his best friend Đenka and his girlfriend Kristina, but her father Billy Python, a supplier of used coffins to the Topalović company, now starts demanding a bigger share in the earnings and the two families come into conflict. Meanwhile, Mirko realizes there is something going on between Đenka and Kristina and, enraged by this double betrayal, kills them both. As a murderer, he returns to his family where he is warmly persuades the family to take up arms against the crooked grave-diggers who are trying to take over the business and a bloody struggle ensues that will determine the fate of the family.
Šijan, Slobodan, Yugoslavia, 1982, Serbian, 96 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Strangler vs. Strangler / Davitelj protiv davitelja [FL 453]
This marvelous horror parody is set in Belgrade, a typical modern metropolis, except that it lacks its own serial killers. That gap is soon filled when a series of women are strangled. The culprit is Perica, an overly sensitive street vendor who sells red carnations and is generally quite timid and friendly - unless someone ridicules his flowers. He is also a regular at the pastry shop and has a “mummy” who has left him the “business” and no longer leaves home. She is not the gentlest of mothers, but Perica cannot defy her. Still, Perica’s crimes go undetected for some time because the vigorous but old-fashioned police inspector Ognjen Strahinjić is utterly incompetent and, driven by his own failures, goes completely insane. In the meantime, a popular, but disturbed young rock star Spiridon Kopicl becomes telepathically connected with the strangler, and writes a song about the killings. In the final outcome, Perica and Kopicl clash over the neck of the same innocent girl, but only one of them emerges from the fight as a winner.
Šijan, Slobodan, Yugoslavia, 1984, Serbian/Subtitles: Slovenian, 92 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

How I Was Systematically Destroyed by an Idiot / Kako sam sistematski uništen od idiota [FL 458]
The death of Che Guevara shocked Babi Papuška, a homeless idealist from the social margins of Belgrade who still believes in a better world. After he gets disappointed in his “ideal love” Rita and in the authorities who deny him the status of disabled worker, he throws himself in front of the car, but only breaks a leg. Time spent in hospital intensifies his paranoia about having cancer and in an attempt to “save his life” he leaves for a local health resort where he spreads Marxist propaganda, until the lack of money and acceptance make him return to Belgrade. He meets Rita again and they leave for Babi’s home village where he tries to finish his life-long autobiographical work, which has the same title as the film. After an unsuccessful attempt to claim his father’s inheritance he escapes to Belgrade, getting there just in time for the 1968 student protest. Seeing in it “the revolution” he was always waiting for, Babi wants to join in, but turns out to be too radical for the student leaders. When the police arrive to arrest him, Babi commits suicide with his farewell lines ready.
Šijan, Slobodan, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Crows / Vrane [FL 459]
Set in Yugoslavia of the 1950s, this is the story of an aged boxer, Đuka, who now earns his living with a series of odd jobs. On his way home, he meets his relative Čedo and his two ballerina friends. He takes them all home, but finds out that his sick mother has also moved in. During a failed attempt to rob a warehouse, Čedo kills Đuka’s boss and Đuka is left without a job or a home. The party signs into a hotel and tries to get money from a restaurant owner who likes the company of the young. When he makes a move towards Čedo, they beat him up, rob him and Čedo kills him. Now Đuka, his mother and Svetlana decide to get away from nervy Čedo. In the meantime though, Čedo has promised to marry his old girlfriend and her family is getting impatient. When he invites Đuka and Svetlana over, the wedding guests are already gathering, not knowing that Čedo plans to steal the money from the poor girl’s father. As something goes wrong and Svetlana is shot, Đuka goes mad, beats up Čedo and leaves for his home village, only to see Čedo and the two dancers appear again laughing like crows.
Kozomara, Ljubiša ; Mihić, Gordan, Yugoslavia, 1969, Serbian, 70 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Dog Who Loved Trains / Pas koji je voleo vozove [FL 465]
A girl named Mika, convicted for drug smuggling, escapes from the transport train. Mika dreams of going to her brother to Paris, but without money or passport she is forced to accept the help of a former stuntman who is now touring provincial towns presenting primitive rodeo shows. On the road they pick up a boy in search of his long lost dog who was trained to jump on and off trains. When the youngster realizes that the cowboy is going give up Mika to the police, he offers her a ride to Belgrade on his motorcycle. There she attempts to get a passport with money she stole from the cowboy, but her criminal friends deceive her and the boy’s bike is destroyed. In desperation, Mika tries to get rid of the affectionate boy who still wants to help her and jumps on a passing train. Trying to catch up with her, the boy injures himself and falls under the train. With the horrific scene moving further and further away from her, Mika notices the boy’s dog peacefully riding her train.
Paskaljević, Goran, Yugoslavia, 1977, Serbian/Subtitles: Slovenian, 83 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Black Bomber / Crni Bombarder [FL 466]
Set during the presidential elections in the near-future Belgrade, the story follows popular radio-speaker Crni (Black) who tries to stir up spirits with his rocking anti-establishment radio show “The Black Bomber.” One night he meets Luna, a passionate punk-rock singer who wants to go to London and tries to convince her to stay here and follow her artistic vision. After an incident at radio-station when an armed madman barges in the studio during Crni’s show and insults a president, Crni is sent on temporary leave. Still he refuses to give up his “mission.” He continues to broadcast revolutionary programs from a van, inviting the youth to go out to the streets and protest, with the police constantly on his trail and Luna desperately trying to get to him. He finally succeeds in instigating riots, but gets arrested and ends up talking with the president who, surprisingly, turns out to be quite a liberal, interested in his opinions and willing to give him his own radio show. He manages to meet with Luna before she leaves for London and in a finale has a vision of both of them flying over the town.
Bajić, Darko, Yugoslavia, 1992, Serbian, 113 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

When I Am Dead and Gone / Kad budem mrtav i beo [FL 468]
The film follows the story of a young man nicknamed Džimi. He and his girlfriend Lilica have just lost their temporary employment and, unable to find another job, they turn to stealing and cheating. Running away from some angry workers, Džimi loses Lilica in the scuffle. With the police after him, Džimi meets a bar-singer, becomes her lover and starts to sing himself in small town fairs and remote military garrisons. His new life is not bad, but he leaves for Belgrade in order to participate in the youth singing competition. Instead of presumed ovations, his old-fashioned mediocre ballad singing is booed by the audience who expect beat and rock. Disappointed, Džimi leaves Belgrade, meets Lilica again, and they decide to visit her old ex-boss and blackmail him, claiming that he made Lilica pregnant. When the boss finds out that they are lying, he starts a fight which ends tragically.
Pavlović, Živojin, Yugoslavia, 1967, Serbian/Subtitles: Slovenian, 79 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Petria’s Wreath / Petrijin Vijenac [FL 469]
The film takes place in a small mining town in Serbia and focuses on an illiterate village woman, Petrija, whose life story is interconnected with the fates of the three men she loved. With the help of the photographs she collected through the years she remembers her youth, starting with her first husband, a well-off farmer whom she married just before the Second World War. After the death of their second child he sent her away believing that she brought bad luck. With the end of the war, Petrija started a new life, working in the local inn, whose owner, good-hearted Ljubiša, took care of her. Petrija felt respect for him rather than passionate love and it was a regular customer miner Misa, who won Petrija’s heart. They led a simple and harmonious life for several years until Misa had an accident in the mine which left him lame. He started drinking heavily and eventually ended up in the hospital and died. The mine and the local train station were soon closed, but Petrija keeps her hope and faith in life, occasionally talking to Misa’s ghost and calmly waiting for her time to “go.”
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 99 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

A Strange Country / Neka čudna zemlja [FL 472]
In this poetic art film with surreal scenery and no real time lines, a father, who died far away, asked that his son bury him in his native “Southern land.” He described this land as one of brave and honest people and with a tragic but heroic history. After twenty years of wandering the world, he finally arrives in an archaic country where his father’s language is spoken, but everything else seems absurd and unbelievable and quite different from his father’s story. He can only see greedy politicians with ludicrous laws and scared and inert peasants. Only a few individuals bear any resemblance to his father’s tales, amongst them a crazy pilot who claims he can fly his primitive plane by the strength of his faith. The son finally decides that this cannot be his father’s land and flies off in the pilot’s plane, landing in what is apparently the same country, maybe more modern and a few centuries later.
Marinković, Dragan, Yugoslavia, 1988, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 91 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Zika’s Dynasty – part 1 / Žikina dinastija 1 [FL 474]
Zika’s Dynasty follows the new adventures of characters already familiar from the “Foolish years” film series of popular Yugoslav folksy blockbuster comedies of the 1980s. Deeply influenced by the popular soap opera “Dynasty” and its homosexual character Steven Carrington, two grandfathers, Milan and Žika, begin to worry that their grandson Miša, the pillar of the “dynasty”, will develop similar undesirable (homo)sexual behavior. The grandfathers are particularly troubled by Miša’s constant violin practice and lack of apparent interest in women. They firmly decide to keep an eye on any possible signs of his “going astray” and desperately try to set him up with a number of girls. The movie became an even bigger blockbuster than its predecessors, initiating a series of its own.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Zika’s Dynasty – part 2 / Druga Žikina dinastija aka Žikina dinastija 2 [FL 475]
The second sequel to “Zika’s dynasty” continues where the first part stopped. The major difference now is that the generational misunderstanding acquires different flavour as Žika’s and Milan’s grandson Miša finally discovers all the delights of sex. All of a sudden, he finds himself surrounded by women, from secretaries having their coffee breaks in his company to idle neighbouring housewives unsatisfied with their domestic sex life. To prove himself “a real man,” Miša needs an empty apartment and at first his granddad Žika generously lets him borrow his. But this novel activity utterly occupies Miša’s attention and he forgets about both his violin and his girlfriend. Fearing for his spiritual health, especially since they already had had one sexual maniac in the family, the two granddads try to cure him of his new “addiction.” Zika’s Dynasty, Part Two again managed to become a blockbuster, relying heavily on a mixture of cheap jokes and plentiful nudity, thus serving as a prime example of late communist Yugoslav mass culture.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1986, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Zika’s Dynasty – part 3 / Žikina dinastija 3 aka Sulude godine [FL 476]
The final sequel of “Zika’s dynasty” shifts its focus from Misha’s sexual education to the adventures of his two grandfathers Milan and Žika, already familiar from the first two sequels. After a car accident, the grandfathers are injured and admitted to hospital. The hospital is already crammed and in disorder, with additional chaos being caused by the fact that it is under compulsory management. Using the disarray to their advantage and in order to avoid the responsibility for the accident, Milan and Žika decide that it would be the best to act as if they were insane. When it turns out that the hospital manager is actually a fake doctor, in reality a madman, total chaos starts. The third part of this folksy Yugoslav blockbuster comedy series of the late 1980s is again characterized by the same typical cheap humour, though this time accompanied with less nudity.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1988, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 83 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Powder Keg – aka Cabaret Balkan / Bure Baruta [FL 478]
This dark and depressing film takes place in Belgrade in the mid 1990s and is structured along a series of violent vignettes loosely interconnected by the main characters. In one of them, an adolescent bumps into a car whose owner hunts him down, eventually trashing his father’s flat. In the next one, a middle aged guy, just back from abroad, hopes to get back his former girlfriend Natalija and indeed seems to outclass her new lover, only to end up unexpectedly drowned by him. Brutal scenes continue with a sequence in which taxi driver buys drinks for an ex-cop whom he crippled out of the revenge and another one situated in a boxing gym where two best friends confess that they have betrayed each other, and one of them butchers the other with a beer bottle. Violent episodes ensue when the killer from the previous scene finds himself on a train menacing a young woman in the compartment. The final stories focus on a Bosnian bus driver whose son works on the Black Market for a sadist, while the public bus he is suppose to drive gets kidnapped by the armed youngster who harasses the passengers.
Paskaljević, Goran, Yugoslavia, 1998, Serbian/Subtitles: Slovenian, 102 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

National Class Category Up to 750 ccm / Nacionalna klasa do 750 cmm3 [FL 479]
Directed by one of the members of the so-called Prague school of Yugoslav film directors, this urban drama with lots of sad humor is situated in Belgrade of the late 1970s. The main character Floyd, a race driver in the “national class,” lives with his parents in a Belgrade suburb. Driving in this lowest and least respected category does not satisfy Floyd’s ambitions anymore, but in order to advance to a higher class, he must win an important race. The problem is that he has just received his draft papers, and in order to postpone his service he tries for the nth time to enrol at the university, this time at the Film Academy. He also claims that he is not fit for service and persuades a guy suffering from bad kidneys, to take medical examinations instead of him. Floyd’s other problem is his “official” girlfriend, who is pregnant and expects him to marry her, while he would rather flirt with idle female students. Eventually, all of Floyd’s plans fail and he looses both the final race and his freedom.
Marković, Goran, Yugoslavia, 1979, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 105 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Radovan III / Radovan III [FL 480]
This bizarre TV-drama tells the story of a lost identity caused by socialist “progress.” In search of a better life, Radovan moved from his native village to the city suburbs where he lives with his weird family on the 12th floor. His first daughter was raised as a son and is now a truck driver deprived of any femininity. His other daughter has been pregnant for five years already since young Vilotić, the father, fled to America and Radovan does not allow her to give birth until she marries. Persuaded by official propaganda that the “enemy” is omnipresent, he starts his vendetta against the Vilotić family and imprisons one of them and forces him to marry pregmant Georgina. Radovan’s wife rejects the settlement, seeing in the prisoner an ideal surrogate for her sexually inoperative husband. Though Radovan appears powerful, he is in a fact utterly confused. In the name of “great ideals,” he has forgotten his roots and destroyed any prospects for a prosperous future for his family. When his nearest take the side of the “enemy”, Radovan, in self-betrayal, ultimately does the same.
Draškić, Ljubomir, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbian, 165 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Labyrinth / Lavirint [FL 484]
This thriller, set in Old Downtown Belgrade during the 1990s, focuses around adventurer and gambler Pop, nicknamed after his late father who was a priest. After twenty years of life abroad he decides to break with his past and return to his home town, where he is warmly welcomed by his brother, the famous architect and his old friend Laki. Pop is tormented by the guilt over the death of his young mate whom he did not help when he could have and soon becomes an object of romantic struggle between a mysterious mother and her daughter. All of a sudden he finds himself in the midst of a mystery evolving around the ancient Arian sect that shook the foundations of Christianity during the III century AD. The sect used to have a stronghold near Belgrade, but apparently its secrets still haunt the town as the sect left indelible marks on the destinies of past and present generations. The action leads Pop to the unknown dungeons of Kalemegdan Fortress where, with the help of his brother, he finds out about the daughter he never thought he had.
Lekić, Miroslav, Yugoslavia, 2002, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 115 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Sky Hook / Nebeska udica [FL 485]
The film takes place during the NATO bombing of Belgrade in May 1999. The story focuses on a group of young people living in the same building in the Belgrade suburb. They are trying to continue to live as normally as possible with the bombing influencing many aspects of their lives – from family matters, love troubles to existential issues. One day Kaja, divorced ex-professional basketball player, comes up with the idea of re-building a local basketball court ruined by the NATO bombs. At first the suggestion is perceived as foolish, but soon all of the youngsters and even some elders including parents, seemingly uninterested viewers, local cigarette smuggler and a nearby hostile street gang are attracted by the idea. The new joint effort has a particularly positive impact on Kaja’s son, temporarily mute because of the explosions, who stays at Kaja’s place as his ex wife is busy getting the visa for the two of them to flee to Italy. The basketball courtyard is successfully reconstructed, only to be demolished again in the tragic end.
Samardžić, Ljubiša, Yugoslavia, 1999, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Natasha / Nataša [FL 487]
The main character of the film is seventeen year old Belgrade girl Nataša whose father, an honest police inspector, was assassinated under mysterious circumstances. A year later, at the time when Milošević’s system is approaching its end, Nataša begins her childish revenge on the mafia. Determined to find out the truth, she starts sending threatening text messages to random phone numbers that she finds in her father’s notebook. Her victims include local criminals as well as high ranking state officials deeply involved with the mafia. Meanwhile she falls in love with married book salesman Marko. Although his wife is in the middle of getting the necessary documents for the two of them to leave the country, Marko delays the process since he has fallen deeply in love with the teenage girl. Eccentric Nataša fails to notice that her foolish game has grown out of proportion and turned into a deadly adventure as the mafia does not let her get away easily, while Marko’s marriage eventually falls apart.
Samardžić, Ljubiša, Yugoslavia, 2001, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Zona Zamfirova – aka Zamfir's Zona / Zona Zamfirova [FL 488]
The film is based on a novel by Serbian realist writer Stevan Sremac and depicts the atmosphere of the southern Serbian town Niš in the 19th century, in freshly liberated Serbia, not long after the end of Turkish rule. In the centre of the film there is a love story between two young people, whose love is not possible because of many differences. Coming from the richest family in the town, Zona, daughter of local chorbadzija, cannot marry ambitious goldsmith Mane, who has to make cunning plans in order to cross these social barriers and ensuing family disputes and reach happiness. The story is an adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet tale, except for its light and amusing tone and the happy end as the couple eventually get together. The dialect used throughout the film, characterized by old phrases and expressions from Turkish and Macedonian, cannot easily be understood even in the modern environment. Still Zona Zamfirova became the most popular contemporary movie in Serbia.
Šotra, Zdravko, Yugoslavia, 2002, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

It Isn’t Easy to Get Along with Men / Nije lako s muškarcima [FL 491]
The movie evolves around the life of a divorced mother and her three teenaged daughters. The mother has a hard time in balancing the roles of working woman and good parent, while keeping a good relationship with her ex-husband. The introduction finds her delighted as for the first time in years she plans to go alone on a summer holidays to the sea, since her daughters have other plans. But their plans change and she ends up leaving for the seaside together with all of her daughters. The vacation does not get much better as they are forced to stay in the auto-camp, and the news arrives that her ex-husband is getting married again. When it seems that her vacation has hit rock bottom, she meets a handsome divorced doctor and they fall in love. Not accustomed to having a man beside her, she finds it hard to break the news to her daughters, especially as the oldest one has also fallen in love with the same person. New problems emerge with the arrival of a rich American who hits on her, but eventually, everything ends happily and the mother marries her doctor.
Vukobratović, Mihailo, Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 91 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

A Throat Full of Strawberries (aka Caught In The Throat, Strawberries in the Throat) / Jagode u grlu [FL 492]
Director Srđan Karanović, a member of the so-called Prague school, returned once again to the characters he created for his legendary TV series and brought their lives up-to-date in this sequel which happens 15 years after the end of the final episode. Although fully understood only in the context of the whole series, a film functions equally well as a separate full-feature unit. The film begins with a sentimental meeting of the old friends who gather on a boat-restaurant where Bane Bumbar, his wife Biljka, and friends Goca, Uške and Boca celebrate the arrival of their friend Miki from abroad. Immediately, they start to remember their youth from the sixties, as well as recapitulating their past lives and boasting of new achievements, each trying to outdo the others. A peaceful reunion soon develops into a night of fierce discussions and the film quickly acquires the dark and depressiing tones of the last episodes of the series since it is obvious that most of their lives did not go the way they planned.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 84 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Underground – aka Once Upon a Time There Was a Country / Undergound aka Podzemlje aka Bila jednom jedna zemlja [FL 493]
Based on Dušan Kovačević’s story, the film focuses on two crooked communist activists –manipulative charmer Marko and his best friend, foolishly impulsive Crni. After the German invasion of Yugoslavia, the two friends jointly undertake some acts of resistance as well as some profitable business. They also share a passion for Natalija, an actress under the protection of a Nazi officer whom Crni quickly kills. In order to keep Natalija only for himself, Marko arranges a cunning scheme. Under pretence of protection, he keeps Crni and other memebers of the resistance locked into the basement of his house where they produce weapons. After the war is over, Marko, now a war hero and Tito’s associate, continues to give them fictitious reports of German victories in order to go on making a profit from the arms production. During an underground wedding, Crni and his son find their way up and although it is 1961, their belief in Nazi rule is reaffirmed as they find themselves on the set of a movie about the German occupation. In an allegorical if dubious final part, all of the main characters find themselves in Slavonia during the 1991 war in Yugoslavia.
Kusturica, Emir, Yugoslavia, 1995, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 163 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 1) - Standing on a Head / Grlom u jagode (Epizoda 1) - Stav o glavi [FL 494]
This legendary TV-series is a chronicle of the first post-war generation of Yugoslavs growing up in Belgrade during the 1960s. It evolves around young Bane Bumbar, his family and a group of his best friends. The series consists of ten episodes, each of which is situated in one year – starting from 1960 and ending with 1969 - and dedicated to one theme of Bane’s adolescent life on his way to maturity. Each episode typically starts with a portrayal of one of the main characters and ends with a real chronicle of the events that happened that year in both the world and Yugoslavia. In the first episode Bane is 15 years old and preoccupied with sport. Although not blessed with talent, he engages in all kinds of sporting activities and in the process tries to prove himself and get the attention of girls. The episode brings his first love failures and introduces the main characters of the whole series: his supportive family consisting of his grandmother, mother, father and sister, as well as his closest group of friends Uške, Boca, and Miki and his girlfriend Goca, whom he treats more as a friend.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 46 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 2) - Life Writes Novels / Grlom u jagode (Epizoda 2) - Život piše romane [FL 494]
In the second episode Bane, now 16 years old, discovers the pleasures of art. After his first unsuccessful attempts with painting, music and film, he finally gets serious about poetry and starts writing poems. Behind his new passion, there is of course a new girl with whom Bane starts a real romance, but in the process finds out about the other, deceptive side of art.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 56 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 3) - Trip to Rio / Grlom u jagode (Epizoda 3) - Put u Rio [FL 494]
The leitmotif of this third episode is traveling. Bane is utterly bored with his immediate environment and starts behaving increasingly rebelliously. After his girlfriend Goca, disappointed in Bane’s lack of affection and arrogance, gets involved with his best friend Uške, Bane decides on a radical move. With a help of his new acquaintance, self-made Marko, Bane joins a group of petty-criminals who plan to illegally cross the Yugoslav-Italian border in order to reach Rio de Janeiro.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 49 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 4) - Dancing Games / Grlom u jagode (Epizoda 4) - Okretne igre [FL 495]
This DVD includes three new episodes (No.4 – No.6) of the legendary TV-series structured as a chronicle of the first post-war generation of Yugoslavs growing up in Belgrade during the 1960s and focusing on the maturing of young Bane Živković Bumbar and his group of friends The fourth episode evolves around the emerging rock scene of the mid 1960s and Bane’s attempts to come to grips with this new music from the West and novel dancing moves with the help of which he could impress girls. During one dancing night with live music, Bane bravely gets into a fight and learns another lesson as he graduates from high-school and prepares for his college.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 55 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 5) - Those Things / Grlom u jagode (Epizoda 5) - One stvari [FL 495]
The fifth episode introduces a new major character of the series: easygoing Tale who becomes Bane’s sister's new boyfriend and immediately brings new light into the life of the whole family. He also happens to play a major role in Bane’s sexual upbringing as Bane suddenly finds himself pressured by everyone around him to finally “become a man” in yet another respect. A chance appears when Bane and his new girlfriend plan a romantic trip on the night train. However, once again something goes wrong and Bane loses his virginity under much less romantic circumstances and with major help from Tale.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 50 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 6) - Outward Appearance / Grlom u jagode (Epizoda 6) - Spoljni izgled [FL 495]
The sixth episode focuses on the dress habits of Bane and his generation. The core of the story follows Bane’s attempt to change his outward appearance and buy his own suit in another effort to become more serious. In the process Bane falls in love with the daughter of his tailor and, greatly encouraged by his adventurous grandmother, almost leaves with her for Paris. Finally he changes his mind and stays in Belgrade, continuing his dull student life.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 53 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 7) - The Neurosis of the Heart / Grlom u jagode (Episoda 7) - Nervoza srca [FL 496]
The final four episodes of the legendary TV series, structured as a chronicle of the post-war generation of Belgrade youth during the 1960s, gradually acquire more depressing overtone as the series’ main hero Bane Živković Bumbar learns new lessons, gets even more serious and begins to make compromises he had never made before. Episode 7 follows Bane and his group of friends on their gloomy summer vacation in Rovinj. Freshly diagnosed with a minor heart complaint, Bane, now a fresh law student is going through a hypochondriac phase. He abandons his friends as he falls in love with an emerging movie star residing there, but instead, ends up in bed with Goca - once his girlfriend, but now long-term girlfriend of his ex-best friend Uške. Serious changes also hit Bane’s family as Tale and Bane’s sister are expecting a baby, while Bane’s grandmother dies.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 63 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 8) - Driving Lessons / Grlom u jagode (Episoda 8) - Časovi vožnje [FL 496]
The episode evolves around Bane’s quest to purchase a car. Feeling that he has always been late with acquiring a new mode of transportation, Bane manages to persuade his parents that the car is of essential importance for his life. They lend him the money and he buys a car together with his friend Boca. Bane enthusiastically takes driving lessons, manages to get a license and in a process typically gets involved with another girl, Svetlana, who happens to be the fiancée of his friend Miki.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 48 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 9) - Heads or Tales / Grlom u jagode (Episoda 9) - Glava ili pismo [FL 496]
As Bane and his friends get older – money begins to play a major role in their lives and the first differences in their standards of living appear as not all of them are equally successful. Approaching the end of his studies and wishing to earn his own living Bane starts working as a steward on a plane and helps his budget by smuggling imported cigarettes and alcohol. He continues his relation with Svetlana, but again gets involved with his former girlfriend Goca who eventually turns out to be pregnant. Although Bane is the real father, Goca decides to marry Bane’s ex-best friend Uške. The episode ends with the two of them slapping each other, knowing that their friendship will never be the same again.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 45 min, television program, DVD-ROM

With a Throat into Strawberries (Episode 10) - Smoke out of the Chimney / Grlom u jagode (Epizoda 10) - Dim iz dimnjaka [FL 496]
The final episode follows Bane, now a freshly graduated lawyer, in a desperate search for his own apartment. He unsuccessfully tries to persuade rich Svetlana to marry him and in the process gets into a major fight with his friend Miki who is also interested in her. Bane even applies for membership in the communist party, but is turned down. In all of his applications he is confronted with the same answer: If he wants to get a state apartment, he has to start a family. Already disillusioned and additionally pressured by these circumstances Bane decides to marry Svetlana’s unattractive friend Biljka hoping that love will eventually emerge between them.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1975, Serbian, 53 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Last Yugoslavian Football Team / Het laatste Joegoslavische elftal [FL 515]
Born in the same country, they became world youth champions in Chile in 1989; the 'Chileans' played together until 1990. Then war broke out and Yugoslavia started to fall apart. First the Croatian players left, then the trainer Ivica Osim resigned because the Serbians bombed his home town of Sarajevo. Under pressure of the international community, the team was banned from the European championships in Sweden. In March 1999 they were to share the same soccer pitch for the first time in a direct clash during the preliminary rounds of the Euro 2000 Championship. But this very tense qualification match between Yugoslavia and Croatia was again postponed because of war, this time in Kosovo. In August 1999 the game was played in Belgrade. Two months later the return game was played in Zagreb (Croatia). Players who knew each other intimately, grew up together and were world champions together, were now divided by contradictory interests as a result of the war. The war forced each of them to choose a new fatherland, a new nationality, a new national anthem and a new national football team. This film is his story about a country falling apart, told by its former heroes - the 'Chileans'.
Janic, Vuk, Netherlands, 2000, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

We Are Not Angels / Mi nismo anđeli [FL 541]
This teenage comedy, virtually the only representative of the genre in Yugoslav cinema, centers around 26-year-old literature student Nikola, an incurable bachelor and hard drinking Belgrade playboy with irresistible charm. The trouble begins when keen high-school graduate Marina accidentally ends up as one of his ”one night stands” and gets pregnant. Though Nikola does not even remember her and declines the very thought of becoming a father, Marina falls deeply in love with him. Seeing that she is determined to have his baby, her best friend plans a series of crazy adventures aimed at persuading Nikola to fall in love with Marina. An additional twist to the movie is brought in by two bizarre side-characters, Devil and Angel who bet about the possible ending of this love venture and constantly reappear throughout the movie, commenting passionately on events. After a series of unsuccessful attempts, Nikola slowly begins to change and eventually agrees to marry Buba, only to suddenly flee to a deserted island. There, without alcohol and girls, he recognises all of his mistakes and after a final test ends with a newborn baby in his hands.
Dragojević, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1992, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 98 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Rage / Do koske [FL 542]
This brutal film, full of violent scenes, is set in Belgrade 1996 and follows the emerging clash between two generations of the Serbian mafia. Kovač is the mafia boss who over the years has secured a luxurious life, even becoming a part of the establishment. Now, he just wants to enjoy his heavenly status, but this becomes impossible when his teenage apprentice kidnaps him and, quickly joined by two friends, drives him to a deserted steel mill. As they put him to horrifying torture, the two contrasting mafia ethics are gradually revealed. Kovač, who climbed slowly through the hierarchy, is prepared to do everything necessary, even to cry, in order to survive. The youngsters, however, are wild, impatient and without any respect. They want everything and they want it now, even if they do not know what it is. In fact, the teenagers act purely on impulse, driven by rage and without a clear agenda of what to do with their hostage. As the night goes on, it becomes clear that their venture will result in senseless bloodshed. This indeed happens in a bloody finale when the police arrive amidst the shootout between the two gangs, with only Kovač leaving the scene alive.
Skerlić, Slobodan Boba, Yugoslavia, 1998, Serbian/Subtitles: Macedonian, 97 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Crime that Changed Serbia / Vidimo se u čitulji [FL 544]
This short but powerful documentary is concerned with a soaring crime in Serbia during the early 1990s. Made up of interviews with genuine criminals and gang members, showing uncensored photographs where they are fully equipped with guns, this documentary has a strong ring of authenticity to it. Set against the background of poverty and uncertainty in ex-Yugoslavia where especially the young could easily be tempted by the money and glamour of the criminal milieu, this is a real-life story about the generation whose idols were not pop stars, but rather notorious criminals such as Arkan. Desperately trying to appear as tough as they can, these young gangsters do not hesitate to brag openly about their misdeeds, assess the positive and negative aspects of their “profession” or explain the order of the day within the world of Belgrade crime. Almost all of the leading actors of the movie are dead by now, some of them did not even live to see the film itself finished. In fact, the film concludes with shots from the funeral of three men who appeared in the film, but were killed in gang clashes soon afterwards.
Baljak, Janko, Yugoslavia, 1995, Serbian, 35 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Three Palms for Two Punks and a Babe / Tri palme za dve bitange i ribicu [FL 546]
This light comedy builds on the chaotic atmosphere of Belgrade in the early 1990s when galloping inflation governed the lives of ordinary citizens. Among those is Milan, a youngster who lives on a Danube raft trying to survive by selling amateur paintings and avoiding the military police in pursuit of young army recruits. When Milan bumps into his old school-friend Moma who works as a security guard in one of the newly emerged banks offering suspicious loans, the idea is born: since the bank is robbing the nation, they will rob the bank. The success of their cunning plan depends on the help of a girl who works in a telephone hot-line located across from the bank. Unfortunately, the girl turns out to be Nadica – Milan’s new girlfriend. Though Milan was completely unaware of her true profession, and his ego is seriously hurt by this revelation, when he reluctantly tells her about their idea, Nadica is convinced that he knew what she was doing from the very start and was just using her. The plan is seriously threatened, but after several unexpected plot-twists, the three of them finally solve their disputes, luckily succeed in the robbery and end up on a sunny island.
Andrić, Radivoje, Yugoslavia, 1998, Serbian, 103 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Promising Boy / Dečko koji obećava [FL 548]
The beginning of the movie finds Slobodan Milošević, a promising medical student from a respectable family background, being seduced by an open-minded Swiss girl. When he confesses the affair to his long-term girlfriend Maša, she hits him on the head with a paddle and his behavior is radically changed. He leaves home, has a serious quarrel with his parents, quits the university and engages in a series of sexual encounters with unknown women, including Maša’s mother. All of a sudden Slobodan's life evolves in the world without any social or moral obligations. Soon, he makes new friends in the Belgrade rock scene and forms a successful band, once again, with a promising, though different future in front of him. In the meanwhile, Maša, offended by his behavior, believes that another blow in the head would put things back under control again. This does indeed happen when Slobodan is injured in a bike crash: once he wakes up in hospital, he indeed starts acting “normal” again. He even plans a wedding with Maša only to find out, in the middle of the ceremony, that Pit, his friend from the band, has died and in his final agony he beats his head against the mirror.
Radivojević, Miloš Miša, Yugoslavia, 1981, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Cold Blooded - aka Stiff Dead / Mrtav ‘ladan [FL 550]
This black comedy centers on a train traveling from Belgrade to the provinces. Two petty criminals, brothers Lemi and Kiza are broke, and are transporting their dead grandfather to a hometown funeral as if he was a regular passenger. A small-time drug dealer, Limeni, is traveling with a 7-year-old Ana, whom he received as a guarantee for a drug payment from her addict mother. But he is much more concerned with beautiful Marija sitting opposite and his packet of drugs which, in fear of the police, he slips into the “sleeping” grandfather’s pocket. When the four of them leave for the restaurant car, train makes an emergency stop and a suitcase falls on grandfather’s head. The remaining passengers think that the old man has just been killed, and since no one wants the police around, they throw him out of the window and the search for grandfather ensues. In a series of comical situations the corpse is constantly moved around with the group trying to follow its trail. When a policeman finally shows up, he only makes things worse by treating everyone as a suspect. According to the rules of the genre, everything ends up nicely, with grandfather properly buried at last, and Limeni and Marija happily falling in love.
Milinković, Milorad, Yugoslavia, 2001, Serbian, 105 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Better than Escape / Bolje od bekstva [FL 554]
In this love melodrama, Stamena, an American woman of Yugoslav origin, comes for the first time to Belgrade wishing to learn the language. She meets young Belgrade actor Aleksa, falls in love with him and gets married. At first they live happily and she fully adapts to the new environment. However, unsatisfied with the stereotypical roles that he usually plays and troubled by the constant lack of money, Aleksa gradually turns to drink. Still, they manage to endure this difficult period when their son is born. Aleksa quits drinking and starts acting in a popular TV comedy series which brings him both money and new ethical dilemmas. Though the premiere of his ambitious politically engaged play turns out to be a huge success, it is immediately taken off the repertoire. Aleksa now starts to drink even more heavily and has serious fights with his wife. When he eventually causes a car crash with fatal consequences and ends up in jail Stamena returns with her son to America. The final scene finds them both in her American home – in what is to be their last encounter. Now talking in English, he can only see how her life completely changed and that his son does not even recognize him, let alone speak his language.
Lekić, Miroslav, Yugoslavia, 1993, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 100 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Paja and Jare - The Truck Drivers / Paja i Jare - kamiondžije [FL 555]
The film is a collage made from the popular classic comic TV-series following the adventures of experienced truck driver Paja and his younger driving assistant Jare, who work in a state transport company. When a new company policy is announced, requiring all employees to have completed at least primary education, Paja, who has worked in the firm for over 20 years, still thinks he can get away without going back to school again. But this time he is wrong, and rather than finishing his education and getting the necessary qualifications, Paja and Jara decide to leave the company and become private truckers in socialist Yugoslavia. Struggling at first, gradually through many comic situations they achieve success and even wealth, but only by breaking the law, and they are soon faced with jail sentences. After many plot twists, and not without pressure from his family, Jare realizes that he was doing much better in the original company and goes back to school. He is soon joined by Paja and the two of them study together and after further difficulties finally manage to pass the exams and return to work.
Ðukanović, Milo, Yugoslavia, 1973, Serbian, 104 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Octoberfest / Oktoberfest [FL 556]
This social drama set in the late 1980s Belgrade focuses on dreamy youngster Luka Banjanin Lule whose main ambition is to visit the Munich beer “Octoberfest.” Together with his unemployed friends he hangs out at the usual youth meeting places, seemingly happy. But Lule is actually haunted by a small sin from his past. When he was still at high school, two drug dealers offered him a substantial sum of money to smuggle a small amount of drugs across the state border and, unfortunately, he was caught. Now, all he does is dream of leaving his home and changing his monotonous, restricted life, but this small crime constantly preoccupies him. Not only has his passport been taken away, but ever since the incident happened he has been constantly harassed by the police, especially by a chief inspector who cannot forget Lule’s mistake. All kinds of images from his grim life interlace with idyllic dreams of this ultimate foreign event – the Octoberfest. In search of a new life and growing up, friends gradually part and Lule chooses a harrowing, but tempting path of crime. Eventually, a glint of hope appears when his passport is returned. The only problem is that it is too late.
Kresoja, Dragan, Yugoslavia, 1987, Serbian/Subtitles: Slovenian, 104 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Meeting Point / Sabirni centar [FL 559]
Based on the theatre play by famous Serbian playwright Dušan Kovačević, this brilliant movie is set in the surreal atmosphere of an archeological site in northern Serbia in the second half of the 20th century. During the excavations of ancient Roman ruins, an old archaeology professor discovers a Roman tombstone for which he has been searching all of his life. The tomb actually covers the passage from this world to the “other” one. In an attempt to move it from its place, the professor suffers a heart attack and soon dies. However, he only appears to be dead; in fact he is in a state “between life and death.” Being half-dead, half-alive, he can now establish a connection between the living and the dead. Speaking with his loved ones who passed away he can suddenly see his life in a different perspective. With the help of the professor, even the dead, led by the desire to see their relatives and loved ones, pass through the same corridor only to find out that the world of the living is not quite as they remembered or imagined it.
Marković, Goran, Yugoslavia, 1989, Serbian, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Byzantine Blue / Vizantijsko plavo [FL 561]
This enigmatic artsy movie is a not very successful attempt at a screen adaptation of several different short stories by Serbian writer Milorad Pavić, internationally acclaimed author of “The Dictionary of the Khazars.” In its basics, it is a genuine if strange love story between two completely different people. She is in her twenties, a funny, playful and beautiful girl who makes hasty decisions and is a bit cynical about men. She also studies mathematics and is skilful with her computer where she stores her intimate thoughts, though this “emotional relationship” only shows her loneliness. Following a trail of blue dust the girl meets an unusual man and soon a bizarre intellectual and carnal romance develops between the two. He is older then her and always had to work hard and thus accepts that sometimes things slip from his hands, although he has talent, intelligence and hidden energy. Recently, he broke with his past and now searches obsessively for the fourth, secret element of the “Byzantine blue”, that special nuance of blue used by medieval Byzantine icon painters. It turns out at the end that he was searching for the formula of eternity.
Marinković, Dragan, Yugoslavia, 1993, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

All That Jack's / Majstori, majstori [FL 562]
This drama, set in Belgrade, revolves around a group of primary school teachers. As they all gather for the morning shift, the school’s female principle is informed that shy English teacher Gordana has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the principal’s deputy Bogdan and that a young inspector is coming to the school to investigate the charges. In addition, realizing that the cleaning lady is retiring the next day, the principal decides to throw a farewell party. Once he arrives at the school, the inspector does not get much cooperation from the faculty. Bogdan eventually confesses that he did have a relationship with Gordana but says that she invented the accusations because he caught her with another man. During the school performance, the inspector sneaks out to follow Gordana and discovers her half-naked with the gym teacher. Meanwhile, a high-ranking party official and the inspector’s boss arrive at the school party. They rule out the charges, but inform the principle that she has lost contact with her faculty and pupils and has to retire or otherwise the school will be closed down. Finally, a drunken teacher recites a poem about the workers who came to repair the house although nobody called them, as an allusion to what has just happened with the school.
Marković, Goran, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 94 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Fever of Love - aka Love Fever / Groznica ljubavi [FL 566]
The film revolves around two youngsters, Vesna and Bane; they are passionately in love, but when she goes abroad for the summer holidays, he cheats on her. On her return Vesna finds out about Bane’s infidelity, and though he deeply regrets it, breaks up with him. New problems arise when she realizes that she is pregnant. She cannot have an abortion and wants to keep her baby, but her mother has more ambitious plans for her. She forces Vesna to hide her pregnancy from everyone, including Bane, and through a lawyer arranges an illegal adoption by a German couple. Confused Vesna sees no alternative but to agree to this immoral plan. Still, when Bane finally finds about his ex-girlfriend's pregnancy and the wheeling and dealing that have taken place, he kidnaps the newborn baby. Realizing her mistake, Vesna forgives Bane for his infidelity and joins him and their friends in a joint endeavor to keep the baby. The lawyer, however, reports the kidnapping to the police and Bane gets arrested, while the baby is returned to the German couple. It seems that there is no way out of the situation, but a happy end is assured as Vesna’s father finally decides to protect his daughter and helped by their devoted friends, the young couple manages to get their son back.
Radovanović, Vlastimir, Yugoslavia, 1984, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 98 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Sixth Gear / Šesta brzina [FL 567]
This light comedy, set in Yugoslavia of the late 1970s, revolves around various episodes in the life of middle-aged car mechanic Života. Easygoing and never in a hurry, Života runs his workshop in the in a very different way to his rival across the street, a swift businessman always busy servicing cars, but nothing more. Života is the opposite: in the setting of his workshop and the adjoining yard, his customers bring along their different life troubles as well. On and on, Života gets openheartedly involved in relationships with his lively customers, from a car hypochondriac utterly convinced that there is something wrong with his perfect new car to a pensioner who tries to turn his old car into suitable living quarters and thus make up for the lack of space in his small apartment. Regardless of what they are, Života tries to help them solve their private problems and in the process gets himself into some comical and sad adventures. Inevitably, times change and eventually, not without bitterness, he tries to change himself, intending to become more like his colleague across the street. But people need him the way he is and miss his closeness and warmth, and soon Života is his old self again.
Šotra, Zdravko, Yugoslavia, 1981, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Balkan Express / Balkan Ekspres [FL 568]
This madcap comedy, set in the last days before the German invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, follows the adventures of a group of petty-thieves, wandering around disguised as the music ensemble called “Balkan Express.” They find plenty of opportunities to practice their trade amidst the confusion which erupts everywhere as people flee the invading Nazis. However, when the Nazis actually move in, things take a turn for the worse and the group's only concern now is to stay alive under the first horrors of the war. Through chance and necessity, these people from the dregs of society grow out of their meaningless destinies and become unlikely war heroes . The film was a great success thanks to its unprecedented comic treatment of the mythic partisan struggle during WWII, and was soon followed by a sequel focusing on the same group of characters.
Baletić, Branko, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Tight Skin / Tesna koža [FL 569]
The first in a series of extremely popular comedies with the same main character, the film still claims the title of one of the most popular Yugoslav features with over a million viewers at the time of its release. Set in an ambience of urban satire, the film is a genuine example of mainstream mass culture in late communist Yugoslavia with its abundance of cheap humor and mild criticism of the faults of the system. The film focuses on the daily misfortunes of Belgrade civil servant Mita Pantić who has to cope with constant hassles both at work and at home. In his crowded apartment fights are common and his small salary is not nearly enough to satisfy all of the demands. His younger son is in trouble at school and dreams of a second-hand Honda. The older one is an established advanced student of astronomy, while his daughter, a qualified solicitor, unsuccessfully looks for a job. As things get worse both at home and at work, Mita sees the football pools as his only chance of escaping from his predicament, trapped between his poor administrator’s salary and his stressful, costly life.
Milošević, Milivoje Mića, Yugoslavia, 1982, Serbian, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Moth / Moljac [FL 570]
Dedicated to a famous Serbian theater actor and to his popular role, this film is a genuine example of Yugoslav mainstream comedy, filled with populist humor. The film tells the comic story of an actor who becomes over-involved in his role. Miodrag Andrić is a divorced national theatre star who tours the country playing a character named “Moth”. The play is popular, but the trouble is that everybody takes him for his theatrical character. Burdened by this popularity and numerous entertainment duties, and further troubled by his teenage son who wants to cash in on his father’s popularity, he starts losing his way, and in the process gets into a series of comic situations. Gradually he too gets so engrossed in his role that he starts believing that he is actually becoming a character from his act, the “Moth”, so he seeks professional help. Unfortunately, the doctor turns out to be even worse psychopath than Miodrag himself. In order to escape from his theater role, he quits acting and starts doing various different jobs, only to realize that he does not know to do anything except tell jokes.
Milošević, Milivoje Mića, Yugoslavia, 1984, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Hello, Officer / Ćao, inspektore [FL 571]
Set in a small provincial town where nothing exciting ever happens and the two local police officers, Boki and Pajko, are constantly bored and devote their time to mutual childish pranks. The unexpected commotion begins when a dangerous international gang arrives with the intention of blowing up a hotel full of unsuspecting tourists. Boki is arrested by National Security as a prime suspect, on account of his remarkable resemblance to the main gang boss (played by the same actor as Boki). Soon National Security realizes that they could use this unusual coincidence to their advantage and recruit Boki as an undercover agent. All of a sudden his life changes completely as he is entrusted with a dangerous mission – he has to prevent the atrocity and eliminate the whole gang. This represents a major challenge for experienced Boki and, after a series of comic situations, he successfully accomplishes the task. The adventures of Boki and Pajko encouraged two more celluloid follow-ups. The film is also interesting for its basic homophobic storyline, since lots of cheap “jokes” revolve around the homosexuality of the main villains, which in itself is stereotypically portrayed.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Hallo Taxi / Halo taksi aka Halo taxi [FL 572]
Set in Belgrade of the early 1980s this film, a mixture between a thriller and a gangster movie, begins in a suburban taxi station where the usual routine is changed when one day a new driver comes to work – a beautiful young woman. At first hesitant towards her, full of prejudices and suspicious off her professional qualities, her experienced male colleagues eventually accept her as their equal and tell her their life stories. One of her older colleagues, an ex-boxer called Suger, suspects that his wife is cheating on him and when he catches her in the act, he deals with her lover, Bizmark. After the incident his wif who turns out to be drug addict used by Bizmark, leaves him and he gets badly beaten up. Suger decides to take justice into his own hand. At the same time, the police also get interested in Bizmark who has a fleet of girls around him, all of them drug addicts with a habit of disappearing mysteriously. In a spectacular showdown leading to the happy end, everyone gets involved; from a massive line of taxi drivers led by their beautiful colleague, to the local police and Interpol.
Radovanović, Vlastimir, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 94 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Border / Granica [FL 573]
This excellent film openly deals with complex ethnic relations between Hungarians and Serbs in the ethnically mixed province of Vojvodina. The story takes place in a village close to the Yugoslav-Hungarian border just after the end of WWII. The war and communist revolution have changed the lives of two families, a native Hungarian and an immigrant Serbian one, leaving each of them with different traumas and deep suspicion towards their new neighbors. This mutual dislike stands firmly in a way of a possible love story that might otherwise easily emerge between Etel, the beautiful young daughter of Hungarian landlord who was raped by Soviet soldiers and now has a baby to support and the young son of the Serbian incomer to the village. As both families experience the tough first years of the new regime as are equally harassed by the brutal young officials of the new government, many joyous and sad, proud and humiliating situations develop. Events force these two families to change irreversibly and gradually break with their former prejudices, allowing free rein to the love between two young people of different ethnic backgrounds.
Maširević, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1990, Serbian, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Foolish Years / Lude godine [FL 574]
Set in Belgrade in communist Yugoslavia in the late 1970s, the film focuses on a teenage love story between two youngsters who come from different backgrounds. Boba, a boy from a rural family and Marija who comes from an urban family, nevertheless fall deeply in love. Oblivious to the rest of the world, they spend every moment together, neglecting even their closest friends. Problems arise, however, when Marija gets pregnant, as Boba is the first to get scared. Inexperienced and frightened they try to keep the secret from their families and solve the problem in their own immature way by visiting a shady quack-doctor. Soon, this young couple are forced to mature before their time and cannot avoid a brush with crime. The film sparked one of the most popular Yugoslav film series, with as many as 10 sequels.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1977, Serbian, 77 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Robbery Of The Third Reich / Pljačka Trećeg Rajha [FL 575]
Shot after 1990, this comedy is supposedly based on true events that took place at the very beginning of WWII in Yugoslavia. The film’s unlikely heroes are not Yugoslav partisans, however, but two charming, stylish crooks. Glavonja – older and wiser of the duo, and Kalauz who is younger and quite naïve, but makes up for it by his courage, are inseparable friends and masters of their trade. Witty and proud of their “employment”, they are constantly in and out of the prison, with each departure and arrival passionately mourned and celebrated by their faithful wives, who literally adore them. With the beginning of the war, the two realize that the Germans have been stashing enormous amounts of stolen gold, money and artworks in Berlin. Confident in their skills they head for Berlin with the intention of robbing the famous “Hermes Bank,” where the stolen treasure is kept. After series of comical adventures, they successfully fulfill their mission and thus accomplish their “noble” revenge against the German invaders.
Šotra, Zdravko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 97 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Battle for the Railway / Dvoboj za južnu prugu [FL 576]
Without a coherent structure, but with plenty of action, this is typical, if not particularly successful, example of Yugoslav films celebrating the partisan struggle during WWII. At the end of 1941 the partisans from South Serbia and Macedonia receive a message from central headquarters: “Observe the communications and transportation network, especially the main Niš-Skopje-Solun and Niš-Pirot-Sofia railroads. These railroads are to be incapacitated on time, virtually at all costs.” The message originates from Tito himself, and marks the beginning of the lengthy and exhausting battle for this southern railroad – Hitler’s main transportation artery for supplying his troops on the Mediterranean and the Eastern fronts. Following these orders, the people of south Serbia rose up with the partisans against German, Bulgarian and other anti-partisan formations, attacking them from the liberated territory and from locations in the hinterland.
Velimirović, Zdravko, Yugoslavia, 1978, Serbian/Subtitles: Slovenian, 105 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The March to Drina – aka March to River Drina / Marš na Drinu [FL 577]
Unlike most of the war movies made under the Yugoslav communist regime, this film does not actually deal with either WWII or the communist revolution, but rather chronicles and celebrates the historic battle of Drina and Cer during the early stages of the First World War, when a small and outnumbered Serbian army defeated the invading Austro-Hungarian forces. The story revolves around the officers and men of a small Serbian artillery division, from before the actual campaign begins up to its victorious conclusion. Through their strenuous journey to Mount Cer, the film reveals in close detail several individual soldiers and their characters with the personal doubts, worries and joys which they bring into battle, with various consequences. At the end of an exhausting non-stop march, they finally arrive at Mount Cer and enter the battle in the decisive moment. After some initial mistakes and losses they eventually manage to repel the Austrian troops which invaded the country, but not before several of the main characters have met heroic deaths.
Mitrović, Živorad Žika, Yugoslavia, 1964, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 102 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 01) - Man on the Wrong Track / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 01) - Čovek na progrešnom putu [FL 580]
This classic 10-part comic TV-series, set in communist Yugoslavia in the late 1970s and early 1980s, revolves around the everyday joys and hardships of Borivoje Šurdilović Šurda, a provincial youngster in his mid-twenties who just moved to Belgrade. Šurda is a lazy hypochondriac, who sleeps long hours, does not like work and constantly complains to the fury of both his uncle Firga and his grandmother, whose shanty he just moved into, supposedly “just for a while, until he settles down.” Šurda however, is a genuine phlegmatic and nothing can upset him except for the lack of coffee, since he “suffers” from low blood pressure. This first episode finds him working in a barbershop, given to him by his father. The only problem is that Šurda sincerely hates his job and continuously ignores his customers. Disappointed by his lack of ambition, Šurda’s student girlfriend breaks up with him after his latest outburst at a snobbish party. Šurda also gets to meet his later life-time companion Slobodan Mihajlovic Bob, a petty thief from his home village who made a philosophy out of his criminal inclinations. Šurda soon learns about his tricks when he shaves him without getting paid for it.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 55 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 02) - The Taxi Driver / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 02) - Taksista [FL 580]
The second episode starts off with Šurda’s father paying him a visit in Belgrade, alarmed by a desperate letter from Firga. His fears that Šurda has sold the barbershop prove to be founded as Šurda is searching for a new job which would suit him perfectly. On his way out of the bank, where he withdrew his money, Šurda bumps into Bob who advises him about what to do. Since Šurda is searching for a more exciting and flexible job where he would not have to look at the same people every day, he listens to Bob, buys a fancy car and becomes a taxi-driver. Before long, however, Šurda regrets his decision and causes new worries and disappointments to his family. Lack of interest and concern for his customers, once again gets Šurda into a series of uncomfortable situations. Some of the customers do not pay, others he either rejects or forgets to charge and in the process manages to accumulate 7 complaints in just 20 days, while his car constantly needs repairing. Šurda’s taxi career is already over when he gets into a fight at the local football game and his car is totally destroyed.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 58 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 03) - Guestworker / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 03) - Gastarbajter [FL 580]
In the third episode of the series Šurda’s irresponsible behavior leads to new outbursts of rage from his uncle Firga. Unwilling to finance his nephew’s easy life, Firga sends him off back to his home village. There he meets Bob, who has just returned from abroad, wearing smart suits and paying for everyone in foreign currency. Impressed by Bob’s new appearance, Šurda begins to learn German and eventually follows Bob to Vienna, hoping that with his help he too will begin a new and wonderful life. But in Vienna, Šurda realizes that Bob is actually living off the good will of the older women whom he seduces in exchange for a roof above his head. When the most recent one decides that she has had enough of Bob’s tricks and throws him out, Šurda’s hopes of making it in the foreign world are rapidly destroyed.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 61 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 04) - Fatal Encounter / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 04) - Kobni susret [FL 581]
The DVD includes three new episodes of the famous comic Yugoslav TV- series, set in late communist Yugoslavia and revolving around Borivoje Šurdilović Šurda, an idle provincial who tries to make it in Belgrade. The fourth episode finds Šurda jobless again and still living with his uncle and aunt in their Belgrade shanty. Soon Šurda’s father Soča arrives, announcing that he has found him a rich bride from his local village. Šurda resolutely dismisses the offer, not least because he has fallen in love with an emancipated, pretty, ambitious, but penniless young secretary called Vesna, whom he charmed in a local restaurant with some slick dancing. In the meanwhile, Bob is back in Belgrade, and rents an apartment to married men in search of sexual adventures. This is where Šurda brings Vesna on their first date, but since Bob has mixed up his schedule, two other men appear at the same time along with their dates. It seems that the love affair is destined to failure, but, pressured by her landlord, Vesna gives Šurda one last chance. The two of them eventually marry, and though both Firga and Soče hoped for such an ending, the result hardly makes them happy, since Soče ends up paying for the wedding while the couple move into Firga’s house together.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 58 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 05) - Married Couple / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 05) - Bračni par [FL 581]
The fifth episode follows the ups and downs of a newly wedded couple. Šurda and Vesna have moved into an already overcrowded house, causing further tension because Firga and grandmother now have to sleep in the kitchen. Their marriage is hardly a dream, either: they argue constantly and while Šurda returns to his usual behavior, Vesna shows another face as well. Refusing to finance Šurda’s lifestyle, she quits her job and enrolls in a language course. Firga in the meanwhile manages to find Šurda a job in a construction firm, but Šurda stays loyal to his former work ethic and keeps complaining about the low wages, while showing no respect at all to his superiors. Šurda’s father arrives in Belgrade with his belated wedding gift, only to find the young couple in the middle of divorce procedures. In a court, Bob suddenly appears and immediately becomes Šurda’s attorney, trying to protect his interests in the divorce. However, when it is revealed that Vesna is pregnant, the young couple make up and agree to try all over again. Faced with the prospect of becoming a father, Šurda withdraws the notice he has just handed in, frustrating his superiors in the process.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 50 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 06) - The Apartment / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 06) - Stan [FL 581]
Focusing on Šurda’s quest for his own apartment, the sixth episode is an ironic commentary on the hardships of house-hunting in late communist Yugoslavia. Five apartments are about to be distributed in Šurda’s firm and the chosen beneficiaries are announced to the worker’s council. Under pressure from his relatives, who now include his new-born son, Šurda files his claim. He admits that he has not been an ideal employee, but blames it all on his appalling living conditions. When the committee is starts to evaluate his claim, comic maneuvering begins. In order to climb up the list of those eligible for an apartment, Šurda invites Bob to move in with them and enlarges his household to six members. Even so, it is not until they completely demolish the house that Šurda scores sufficient points to secure him the last place on the list. Celebrations begin and Šurda’s family prepare to move in, but the decision is not yet officially signed and at the last moment Šurda is told that his apartment will be given to an expert whom the firm needs in order to become productive. When the expert comes to look at the apartment but is not satisfied, Šurda finally moves in, along with his wife, son, uncle Firga, grandmother and Bob.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 52 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 07) - On the Barricades / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 07) - Na barikadama [FL 582]
The DVD consists of the four concluding episodes of this classic Yugoslav TV-series structured essentially as a sequence of full features, with each episode portraying a new formative period in the life of Borivoje Šurdilović- Šurda. While episodes vary in quality, the best ones nicely illustrate the setbacks and advantages of living under late Yugoslav communism. In the seventh episode Šurda is finally in his own apartment, but without his peace of mind since he can open the door only with a secret password. When his wife begins to work as a stewardess, Šurda spends most of his time in court. He fights several simultaneous legal charges following his illegal move, acquiring considerable skill in the process. Eventually and not without ridiculing the Yugoslav legal system, the verdict arrives. Šurda should move out of the apartment, but his firm must take him back. While Šurda’s family hide in the apartment waiting for the police to evict them, his uncle Firga is told that he has been allocated an apartment as his former house was demolished. All of them, except for Bob who is finally jailed, try to move into the apartment, only to find out that it is already occupied by an illegal tenant.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 54 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 08) - The Invention / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 08) - Pronalazak [FL 582]
The eighth episode starts off with Šurda and his family settling in Firga’s apartment, but only after six months of legal battles to get the illegal tenant evicted. On the good side, Šurda is well off as his firm has to pay him off for preventing him from working. However, once he receives the money, Šurda immediately hands in his notice. His wife Vesna who in the meanwhile has become a successful professional and grown increasingly demanding, wants to buy their own apartment and car, but Šurda has his own ideas and decides to take a break. While hitchhiking, Šurda is picked up by truck-driver Krstivoje who is alcoholic and unable to drive anymore: the two of them soon form a partnership with Šurda in the role of driver. His business enterprises develop further when by chance he meets the illegal tenant from Firga’s apartment. He happens to have invented a cure for alcohol and Šurda gets enthusiastic about it. He invests in the project, but after initial success, the whole venture falls through and Šurda loses all his money.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 56 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 09) - Shipwreck / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 09) - Brodolom [FL 582]
In the ninth episode Šurda is suspicious upset and about Vesna’s frequent absences from home and frequent, mysterious telephone conversations which end abruptly when someone else answers the phone. Not without the reason, since Vesna’s alienation reaches a maximum. Not only has she bought her own flat, but she has found a rich lover whom she plans to marry, taking their son with her. In the meanwhile, Bob is out of prison and actually working regular hours, though hardly with great enthusiasm. It is he who confirms Šurda’s suspicions about Vesna, since her lover happens to be Bob’s rich and powerful director. Bob tries to convince Šurda to give up as he stands no chance of getting her back, but surprisingly Šurda finds inner strength to fight for his wife. He successfully threatens Vesna’s lover and gives her an ultimatum –either she starts behaving like a decent wife, or they split. Seeing that her lover has doubts about divorcing his own wife Vesna agrees to return to Šurda.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 55 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Hot Wind (Episode 10) - The Champion / Vruć vetar (Epizoda 10) - Šampion [FL 582]
The concluding episode of this famous Yugoslav TV-series striving to portray good and bad sides of everyday life in socialist Yugoslavia brings the story of Borivoje Šurdilović-Šurda to a happy end. When Bob, who has recently married a young student, gives Šurda two tickets to a fancy party, Vesna is at first enthusiastic, but after her hairdresser makes a mess of her hair, she refuses to go. Šurda is unexpectedly inspired and designs the perfect hairstyle for her, winning her a special prize at the ball. This turns out to be just the first step towards huge success as soon Šurda acquires fame and becomes a sort of a celebrity within Belgrade high society. He opens a ladies' hair-saloon and starts giving lectures on new trends in women's hairstyling both in Belgrade and abroad. Finally having found his real vocation, Šurda changes his irresponsible manners and attitude towards life.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian, 60 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 01 - Hospital / Otpisani (Epizoda 01) - Bolnica [FL 583]
This legendary 13-part TV-series was made as a sequel to the movie in which a group of young communists carry out a series of underground attacks against the Germans in occupied Belgrade at the beginning of WWII. In a similar manner, this whole series portrays the underground resistance activities of a group of carefree young Belgrade communist activists in the early stages of the war. The main characters of the series are black marketer Prle, serious Tihi and easy-going waiter Paja, as well as many other youngsters from the Belgrade resistance movement who are in constant danger of being killed by the Nazis but still choose to continue their righteous struggle. With time, some of them end up “written off”, that is killed, but new members come along and carry on their common struggle. Every episode brings another dangerous mission. In the first, set in June 1941, the war has just begun in Yugoslavia. A newly formed resistance group lead by Tihi gets their first assignment: in the middle of the day, they must free one of the female heads of the resistance movement from the main city hospital.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 48 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 02 - Garage / Otpisani (Epizoda 02) - Garaža [FL 583]
The second episode starts off grimly with one of the old resistance members, Boban, arrested and executed by a firing squad. Meanwhile, Tihi and his group monitor their latest target – the German central garage. They decide to break in using the fact that Tihi’s old neighbor, bar dancer Ljilja, is now engaged to a high ranking Gestapo officer who works in the garage. Tihi’s task is to seduce her while Prle steals explosives from the German warehouse. Though he has moral doubts about it, Tihi still sleeps with Ljilja in exchange for the garage pass. Meanwhile, the chief of the special police is tipped off about the attack, but without all of the necessary details. While the police move in on the garage, Tihi’s unit is already planting explosives. At the garage entrance, police agents are held up by Prle’s unit, but when German back-up finally arrives there are casualties on both sides. The explosions are successfully triggered and the group retreats through the sewer.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 48 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 03 - Traitor / Otpisani (Epizoda 03) - Izdajnik [FL 583]
The third episode continues where the previous one left off. Back at the bar, Ljilja is told that her fiancé was killed during the attack on the garage and she is arrested as an accomplice by the police. Tihi feels guilty about this and wants to help her. The group finds out that they were actually betrayed during the garage action by a man nicknamed Beli. Meanwhile, Tihi’s colleague Zriki is introduced with the new contact – library worker Lela - and they start planning their next mission. The chief of the special police, Nikola, prepares to interrogate Ljilja the following day and Zriki insists that he must be assassinated as soon as possible. Meanwhile, through their police links the group discovers that Beli is a member of the resistance who was arrested after their first mission at the city hospital. The ambush is finally prepared and one of the members of the set up is recognized by Nikola as Beli. In the shootout following Nikola’s assassination, he is eventually killed by the Germans, while the others manage to escape.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 48 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 04 - Printing House / Otpisani (Epizoda 04) - Štamparija [FL 584]
This DVD includes four new episodes of the famous TV-series centering on the war adventures of Prle, Tihi and Paja, young communist resistance fighters from Belgrade who together with their party comrades undertake a series of attacks on the German occupying forces. With time they eventually turn into experienced saboteurs while their activities put them on the Gestapo’s execution list. Tihi and Prle always narrowly escape being shot, but very often only to see their close comrades getting killed. Shot with a film camera, each new episode resembles a feature film. Packed with action, suspense and humor, the series is certainly among the best examples of the genre of Yugoslav WWII movies.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, (n/a), 1974, Serbian, 49 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 05 - Mushrooms / Otpisani (Epizoda 05) - Pečurke [FL 584]
The fifth episode finds Prle and Tihi organizing their next assignment with Branko, who is the head agronomist in the local mushroom-growing plant. Tihi’s group needs to obtain the blueprints of the German communication center. Disguised as a mushroom deliverer, Prle enters the minister’s house where his girlfriend Marija works as a maid and searches his study. He finds and copies the map of the center and as a decoy steals the plans of the fuel depot. The only problem is that there are no visible alarm spots on the plan. Meanwhile, the minister realizes that Prle must have stolen the plans and informs the Gestapo, who immediately arrive at the mushroom center and kill Branko. On the other side, Tihi’s group successfully breaks into the communication center and blows it up. On their way out, one of the officers sets off the alarm and the Germans shoot one partisan agent, but the others manage to escape.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 49 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 06 - Channel / Otpisani (Epizoda 06) - Kanal [FL 584]
The sixth episode produces more thrilling suspense as Prle and Tihi plan to enter the main military warehouse complex through the sewers. They know that the Germans will start working on the sewer in two days so they have to move the very next evening. Young Čibi, who is always following Tihi, secretly enters the sewer after the group sets off. They get into the warehouse and lay the explosives, but they are spotted and a skirmish ensues. Meanwhile, the Germans order for water to be released through the sewer for a check up. Tihi’s contact in the plant, Marko, delays this as long as he can. As Tihi’s group escapes, one of the new members is shot but the rest retreat along the sewer while an explosion demolishes the warehouse. In the sewer, the water level is rising and the Germans are still in pursuit, so the partisans split up into three groups taking different exits. The chase follows Tihi and he is wounded, but manages to hide. The workers from the plant are already entering the sewer, but Marko and Čibi find Tihi just in time to take him to the main exit.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 46 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 07 - The Banjica Camp / Otpisani (Epizoda 07) - Banjički logor Written off aka Written offs (Episode 7) - The Banjica Camp [FL 585]
The DVD includes three further episodes of this long and successful TV-series about the Belgrade communist resistance movement during the early stages of WWII. Full of action and with quick narration and speedy montage, the series is made in the genuine tradition of action suspense crime movies and stands as a true representative of the once hugely popular genre of Yugoslav war movies celebrating and idolizing the communist-led national liberation struggle.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 44 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 08 - Postman / Otpisani (Epizoda 08) - Poštar [FL 585]
The eighth episode starts of with Tihi finding out about his new assignment – his team has to blow up a German military train on its way through Belgrade. His friend Kosinus constructs the timer and Prle is in charge of getting the explosives. Prle also manages to persuade his neighbor Joca to help them get into the train station through the nearby post-office. Disguised as postmen, the three agents load the special train’s post van, while Paja appears on the platform as a regular passenger. Joca then finds out that he will have to escort the post van as far as the Romanian border. The group wants to abandon the assignment, but Prle suggests that Joca could jump out of the train near Pančevo where he can contact partisans. Paja diverts the German guards and the bomb is safely planted on board. In the carriage, Joca discovers that the doors are locked, but he jumps out through the hidden trapdoor a few hundred meters before the train explodes.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 42 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 09 - Paja Bakšiš / Otpisani (Epizoda 09) - Paja Bakšiš [FL 585]
The ninth episode starts with Tihi being introduced to his next mission – his group must obtain documents on security and guards’ posts. They wait in their friend Sirano's house to be contacted by Vlada, a Russian partisan agent who is attending a Gestapo party at the neighboring mansion. Finally, Tihi is told by Vlada that he will cut off the electricity to enable them to break into the house and search it. The team enters and manages to unlock the closet in the study. They finish photographing the documents just as the electricity comes back on, but are seen by some of the officers. Sirano is shot in the hand, but somehow manages to get home as Paja and Tihi draw off the German pursuit. The back-up arrives and the two of them are caught in an alley. The guards come to search Sirano’s house, but Prle is well hidden in the basement. Meanwhile, Paja covers Tihi's escape, but Paja himself is followed by the Germans to a derelict building where he is eventually shot down.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 42 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 10 - Vlada Rus / Otpisani (Epizoda 10) - Vlada Rus [FL 586]
This DVD brings four concluding episodes of this hugely popular TV-series about the fighting adventures of Prle and Tihi and their comrades, all of them young Belgrade communists resisting the Nazi occupation of the city during the early stages of WWII. In each episode Prle and Tihi are involved in underground resistance operations against the German occupying forces, barely escaping with their own lives but often forced to watch some of their beloved comrades being shot down.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 43 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 11 - Burglary / Otpisani (Epizoda 11) - Provala [FL 586]
The eleventh episode starts off quietly: Tihi’s group is advised by headquarters to keep a low profile for a while on account of thier recent losses. Unfortunately, Tihi runs into his old school friends Klara, Miro and Joker, the last two of whom support the Germans. Meanwhile, Slavko, a partisan undercover agent working in the police discovers that raids are going to start in Belgrade on the very day when he should meet an important member of the communist headquarters from Zagreb. An artist connected with Tihi’s group is arrested by the special police and Miro and Joker come to look for Tihi who is safe in a hideout. Slavko is ordered to come there, but wants to complete the mission first and as he leaves, Tihi and Prle decide to look after him. The police find a police document which Slavko copied with the artist and a unit is sent after him. Slavko manages to get his Zagreb comrade through the police blockade onto the river dock, but he is seen by the agents as he leaves. Tihi and Prle are still following him; at first they help him to elude the police, but eventually he is caught and murdered.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 42 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 12 - The Wounded / Otpisani (Epizoda 12) - Ranjenici [FL 586]
The twelfth episode starts with a new partisan attack on a German transport train, after which they retreat towards the river with three wounded men. Prle and Tihi are at the boathouse belonging to Tihi’s uncle Mile who needs to transfer the wounded partisans the next day and asks them for a doctor. Tihi assigns the task to his doctor friend Milić and Prle arranges for the wounded partisans to be transported by auto mechanic Žile. On the other side, following the report by Miro and Joker, the Gestapo organizes a hunt for Tihi. In the evening, Tihi and Mile sail off while Prle and doctor wait in Mile’s shed on the other side of the river. Čibi barges in and Prle reluctantly agrees to admit him to their group and all of them prepare to take over the wounded. When Miro and Joker leave Klara’s party to join the Gestapo mission, she alerts Tihi to the danger. Just after she warns them and they all try to board the truck, the Gestapo arrives. The truck stalls and a big shootout ensues in which both Mile and Klara are shot, but Žile finally starts the engine and the rest escape.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 41 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Written Off, Episode 13 - Shipyard / Otpisani (Epizoda 13) - Brodogradilište [FL 586]
In the concluding episode, Prle and Tihi shoot Miro and Joker in revenge for Klara’s death. Mile’s shed is deserted, but Čibi meets his girlfriend Milica there and tells her that he has become a real resistance fighter. Prle and Tihi are told about their latest assignment - they must blow up the shipyard and afterwards they will be transferred to a partisan unit outside Belgrade. Meanwhile, notorious Gestapo officer Krüger and the chief of the special police arrive at an emergency meeting in the shipyard. Tihi has a bad feeling about the coming mission and remembers all his dead friends from the precious episodes. Prle, Kosinus and Tihi make their way into the shipyard, but a patrol discovers the dead guards and gives the alarm. An officer shoots Kosinus, but Prle and Tihi manage to let off the explosives on their own. In the ensuing pursuit both Prle and Tihi are wounded, but nevertheless reach the river and escape. Back at the hideout they wait for Čibi and Žile who will organize their evacuation to the partisan units in the forest.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1974, Serbian, 44 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 02 - Parachutists / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 02) - Padobranci [FL 587]
This DVD includes two new episodes of the famous TV series about the adventures of Belgrade resistance fighters during in the final stages of WWII. In the second episode, Prle and Tihi find a new base in the Belgrade apartment belonging to Marija who, despite being an official of the special police and coming from a “politically correct” family, is a partisan supporter. During an allied air raid, Prle is seen by his old mentor Kenta who tells the police about his whereabouts. In the meantime, just outside Belgrade, Tihi picks up two American parachutists and hides them in a hangar owned by a local partisan supporter. While Tihi explains his rescue plan for the pilots, back in Belgrade the local police and Gestapo surround the building, but the group escapes the raid by hiding in Marija’s bathroom. Back at the office, Marija learns about Kenta’s treachery and Prle decides to pay him a visit. They end up fighting and Kenta is shot dead. Next day the Germans start to search the nearby villages for the parachutists, but Tihi’s group exchanges uniforms with the pilots, thus distracting the German soldiers and allowing the Americans to escape.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 56 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 03 - Biplane / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 03) - Dvokrilac [FL 587]
While the special police run an undercover operation against the partisans, Mali and Žile discuss joining them. Meanwhile, Tihi’s group is assigned to monitor mines laid in the Danube with the help of Tihi’s uncle Mile, now recovered. Shortly afterwards, Mali is arrested and shot by the police and Žile shares with Mile his suspicions about the fake partisan recruiter Ratko. The two of them set off to warn the group, but they are followed and shot at by the police. Meanwhile, back at the office Marija encounters the Gestapo’s secret agent Ratko, code-name “dvokrilac”, and the group prepares a trap and eventually captures him. They first interrogate him and he tells them that their radio link with the partisans is in danger since Special Forces with a radio-locator unit are coming to Belgrade. Ratko then tries to escape but is killed in the process. The next day the Gestapo sets off with the locator truck, but the group is now ready. They successfully blow up the truck and escape.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 53 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 04 - Agent / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 04) - Agent [FL 588]
The DVD includes three further episodes of this 13-part TV series, actually a sequel to a famous predecessor of the same length, telling the story of the communist resistance in Belgrade during WWII. The main characters of the original series, underground fighters Prle and Tihi, are still young, but now just a bit more experienced. Each episode brings new adventures for Prle and Tihi who together with their comrades defy the occupation of their city, but almost as a leitmotif in each of them the pair are forced to witness the death of one of their close comrades.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 57 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 05 - Assassination / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 05) - Atentat [FL 588]
In the fifth episode, young partisans under Prle’s guidance fail to assassinate a high ranking German officer, but Tihi gives them a second chance. Meanwhile, a whole village is burned down and its occupants shot in retaliation for the assassination attempt. A survivor from the village, Ljubiša, comes to Belgrade looking for revenge. He comes to his brother, a small-time police official, for help. Ljubiša tries to kill the general who ordered the killings, but is discovered by his brother’s colleague and killed by the police. In the meantime, Caki, one of the young partisans, gets hold of some bombs for the next assassination attempt from his neighbor, who is a military warehouse supervisor. He is soon captured too, but admits nothing and is finally released. The targeted general is recalled to Berlin suffering from a nervous breakdown and the whole assassination operation is canceled. Prle and the youngsters decide to dispose of the bombs at the station, accidentally wounding the general who is on the train.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 53 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 06 - Moth / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 06) - Moljac [FL 588]
In the sixth episode, another new character appears as partisan agent Stana arrives from Zagreb to coordinate the next mission of Tihi’s team. Since the partisans will soon begin to fight openly against the Germans, they have to set up an clandestine hospital in Belgrade. Meanwhile, Marija manages to copy from the special police safe important documents about the Germans' evacuation plan. Prle decides to involve a group of boys in the assignment and their leader, nicknamed “Moth” becomes his main assistant. When Tihi locates an abandoned building suitable for the future hospital, Prle and the youngsters successfully transport the beds to the building. “Moth “ asks for a new assignment and Prle lets him guard the hospital the next evening. That night two police officers decide to take a couple of ladies into the hospital building, so Moth tries to distract them. He throws stones at them and they chase him in a fury, finally killing him.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 53 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 07 - Vili / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 07) - Vili [FL 589]
The DVD consists of three new episode of this TV-series portraying the WWII adventures of Prle and Tihi, two very active young members of the Belgrade communist resistance, in the wake of the partisan liberation of the city. With its mixture of action, suspense and humor, the series stands out as one of the best examples of the genre of Yugoslav partisan war movies and has acquired as legendary a reputation as its predecessor, made two years earlier and set in the initial stages of WWII. Each of these episodes sees the two leading characters Prle and Tihi heavily involved in new underground resistance operations against the German occupying forces who are now rapidly approaching their final defeat.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 53 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 08 - Gold / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 08) - Zlato [FL 589]
The eighth episode finds the Germans preparing for the evacuation to Berlin and taking huge amounts of gold bullion and jewelry from the bank. Meanwhile, Marija has managed to smuggle out a secret list of prominent Belgrade intellectuals whom the Germans plan to take with them to serve the German nation. Prle is frustrated that the partisan committee is letting the Germans take the valuables and is more worried about the fate of the intellectuals, but there is nothing he can do. Since the police have already started to round up people on the list, Tihi’s group tries to get them to safety. The police soon realize their plan has been discovered, since only seven of the men on the list are still in Belgrade and thus decide to set a trap. Meanwhile, Joca sneaks out to save doctor Lukić who once operated on his wife. He manages to do this, but the police catch up with him and it is Prle who saves him at the last moment, concealing the incident from Tihi.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 56 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 09 - Escape / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 09) - Bekstvo [FL 589]
In the ninth episode the local German supporters prepare to escape as they realize that the Germans are losing the war. Marija’s sister reappears after two years to offer her assistance and warn her about her work at the police, but Marija still hides the fact that she is working for the partisans. The Belgrade special police are given a final assignment: to destroy their records and eliminate the remaining prisoners, who are to be divided into three groups: one will be liquidated, the second transported to Germany and the third left to the Chetniks. The partisans realize they can only save the last group and after Tihi’s team has successfully accomplished this, they set off to investigate the timing and security measures of the special evacuation train which will take the Serbian government and the highest German officers to Germany. With the help of Marija’s pass their man discovers the exact route of the train and its last stop. Meanwhile, Prle and his associates hijack the truck with the police archives and within hours the records are safely stored.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 56 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 10 - Water Supply System / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 10) - Vodovod [FL 590]
The DVD includes two new episodes as this excellent TV-series on the Belgrade communist resistance gradually approaches its end. The tenth episode starts of with Prle meeting his old school friend Pufna, who tells him that the Germans plan to destroy the water supply system before they leave. Tihi warns Prle that his friend might be working for the Germans so Prle checks him out while the rest set off to examine the main pumping station. In cooperation with two insiders the attack is set for 9 o’clock the following evening, but just before that the Germans lock all the civilian workers in the basement and the plan has to change, with the group entering the building on their own. They set free the captives and capture the pumping station, but one of the officers manages to escape and, still determined to carry out the demolition, kills Pufna before he is shot down himself. The German authorities realize that sabotage is going on, but there is nothing they can do.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 54 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 11 - Power Plant / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 11) - Elektrana [FL 590]
The eleventh episode finds the Yugoslav partisans together with their Russian allies just outside Belgrade. The Germans have planned one last desperate action – to destroy the main power plant. Meanwhile, Marija admits to Prle she has feelings for Tihi and fears for his life because of their latest assignment. But all seems to go well and Tihi succeeds in contacting a reliable worker at the power plant in order to organize its capture as the group decides to plan the attack from the riverside. They suspect that the Germans have mined the plant so they engage an explosives expert who soon defuses the mines so that everything is ready for the big entry of Tihi’s group. With help from headquarters and the local workers, the partisans successfully capture the plant, suffering light casualties themselves.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 52 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 12 - Bridge / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 12) - Most [FL 591]
This DVD includes two final episodes of this 13-part TV-series on Belgrade communist resistance in the wake of the liberation of the city. In the twelfth episode it is already obvious that the partisans will be in Belgrade within hours. Tihi’s group has one last mission: to save the bridge that the Germans plan to blow up after crossing it on their way to Austria. The mission is delicate and the explosives expert is called in again. Marija and Tihi finally admit their feelings to each other. Meanwhile, frustrated ex-miner Zaharija who lives near the bridge decides to join in the liberation of the city. While Tihi and Prle are investigating the situation around the bridge, Zaharija removes explosives planted in his basement. Prle reveals his plan to divert the guards on the bridge so that engineer Milan can cut the cables. But Zaharija makes a move on his own and when in the evening Prle and Milan get to the bridge they can only see that somebody has already cut the cables. On their way back Prle realizes his friend Cane has been shot.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 52 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 13 - Kriger / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 13) - Kriger [FL 591]
The concluding episode of the series finds the partisans fighting the few remaining German soldiers. Notorious Gestapo officer Krüger is trying to sneak out of the city, but his neighbor recognizes him and tries to warn the partisans. Realizing that Krüger is still in Belgrade, Tihi’s group sets off to arrest him, only to discover that he has already left. He kills both his neighbor and a partisan guarding the apartment and then turns for help first to his old friend, now married to a Russian soldier, and then to his colleague Ristić. The latter starts calling the guards, but Krüger kills him too. When Tihi sees the victims he realizes that Marija is in danger too, and in fact Krüger finds out that she works for the partisans and forces her to escort him to the river, where a boat is waiting for him. Tihi’s group starts the chase while Krüger hijacks a car, but Marija is saved and tells Tihi about Krüger’s plans so that they can set an ambush. Krüger shoots Tihi and Prle’s close friend Mrki, but all is well as he gets killed in the end.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 60 min, television program, DVD-ROM

The Return of “The Written Off”, Episode 01 - The Return / Povratak otpisanih (Epizoda 01) - Povratak [FL 592]
This 13-part sequel to the same-length TV-series made two years earlier, managed to acquire legendary status and stands out as one of the best examples of Yugoslav WWII movies. The sequel follows the successful pattern of its predecessor and focuses on the same group of characters – mainly Prle and Tihi, two Belgrade members of the communist resistance. The only difference is the time period as the new series shifts from the beginning of the occupation towards the end of the war, with the first episode beginning in the summer of 1944. As victorious partisan forces close in on the city, Prle, Tihi and Joca now must continue their underground work in order to prepare for the liberation of the city. In the first episode Prle and Tihi are on their latest mission: to take a radio transmitter into Belgrade, still under Nazi occupation, and set up a communication post. They join forces with postman Joca, their old acquaintance and moody radio-operator. As always, they succeed in the end and establish a new radio link with the partisans.
Đorđević, Aleksandar, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbian, 89 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Unmik Titanic / Unmik Titanic [FL 598]
New Year’s Eve, December 2003. Pristina, Kosovo: one of the most heavily guarded places on earth. After four years of Serbo–Albanian conflicts and 77 days of NATO bombing, UN administrators have taken over. But what kind of life do ordinary people lead there now? The film focuses on Serbian families living in an abandoned building. Of the 40,000 Serbs who lived in Pristina before the conflict, only 100 remain. Some of them took over a building from the Yu Programme, hoping for a better future. They expected to have to stay in this downtown residential area only for a while, but it has been their ghetto for five years. In spite of everything, nobody wants to miss the New Year celebrations. What is this special evening like for the families? The children are 'locked up' in the building, too scared to go outside. They play soccer between apartments and watch videos while adults chat over drinks and listen to Serbian turbo-folk music. With dynamic handheld camera-work and almost no artificial lighting, the director captures the depressing atmosphere and the hopelessness of people whose lives are ruled by others.
Mitić, Boris, Serbia and Montenegro, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Storm [FL 699]
Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks like the case will unravel, but Hannah refuses to give in. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness' burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira who she senses has much more to say than she is willing to admit. Despite threats of violence, Mira reluctantly agrees to testify at The Hague. However, she and Hannah must both risk life and limb to make it to the court, only to discover that there are traitors among their own ranks.
Schmid, Hans-Christian, Germany, 2009, English, German, Bosnian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 103 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Children Kosovo 2000 / Деца-Fëmijët (Kosovo 2000) [FL 704]
Kosovo in the spring of 2000. Winter is over but in a meteorological sense only. Ruins and pain. The marks of devastation in the sunny landscape. Wounds that never heal, the hesitating, vague gestures of a new beginning. Paradoxes. In black and white, with the broken images of memory imprints in color. Two words: деца and fëmijët, they mean children in Serb and Albanian. These expressions have no place in the irrational dicitionary of war. It is these children, though, who are the most defenceless victims of this war governed by mad hatred. Their suffering has become an indelible chapter of the chronicle at the end of the century, the dawn of the new millennium. Besarta, Violeta, Edmond and Valdrin, Miljana and Jelena are Albanian and Serb children, the film tells their story in black and white with colour Super8 images shot by the children themselves.
Moldoványi, Ferenc, Hungary, 2001, Albanian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, French, Hungarian, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Elusive Summer of '68 / Varljivo leto '68 [FL 778]
Set against the backdrop of a liberalization in Marshal Tito's Yugoslavia in 1968, this comedy is about the coming of age of Petar (Slavko Stimac) as he looks for love just about anywhere, now that he has discovered it exists. His father (Danilo Stojkovic) is a distant sort who wants him to focus on his grades so he will have a chance at a good future (and be a good Marxist), but Petar's card-shark of a grandfather understands and offers him the advice he needs. Meanwhile, Petar has a crush on his beautiful teacher and wreaks havoc with his academic standing by trying to get back at her for bathing in the river with her male companion. This affront to his feelings is soon forgotten when he meets a charming young miss who is visiting the town with a youth orchestra -- and love takes off from there. Reminiscent of the theme of budding adolescence in earlier films like "Black Peter" by Milos Forman or Jiri Menzel's "Closely Watched Trains," director Goran Paskaljevic shares his famous fellow Czechs' comic insight into the throes of first and uneasy love
Paskaljević, Goran, Yugoslavia, 1984, Serbian/Subtitles: Slovenian, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Muharem, Music, the Eyes of Life / Muharem, muzika oči života [FL 807]
This low budget film followed the life-story of a blind Romany banjo player as he related his long career singing and playing on trains while somehow hiding his bigamy in a desperate effort to ensure he had an heir.
Mirkovič, Željko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kenedi Goes Back Home / Kenedi se vraca kuci [FL 973]
The documentary follows the lives of several Roma, two in particular, who have been deported from Germany to Belgrade, and inserted into economic and social situations totally alien to their previous experience. There is no narrative or music, and the director lets the characters deliver whatever messages the film conveys through their conversations and facial expressions. The two main characters both have very sympathetic stories. The first to be introduced has lost much in being deported, but has managed to buy a car and uses it to earn his livelihood. The second is a young man who has been separated from his parents, and is searching for them in the Roma community around Belgrade, with Kenedi's help. He has spent his entire life in Germany, is obviously bright and well educated, but can't communicate effectively in the local languages. What will happen to this young man, who obviously has a lot of potential?
Žilnik, Želimir, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Vukovar - Final Cut / Vukovar - poslednji rez [FL 1029]
A painstaking investigation into the history of the 1991 Vukovar tragedy. Why was it that Vukovar, a rich Slavonian town famous as a "miniature Yugoslavia", Tito's exemplary town of unity, was the one location to suffer total apocalypse, one comparable to the sacrifice and siege of Stalingrad, and by the extent of destruction, and scenes shown around the world, reminiscent of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Why was a city which had neither strategic importance nor a strong military presence in the conflict between the Yugoslav National Army and the Croatian military, so systematically destroyed while the Serbian (Milosevic) and Croatian (Tudjman) leaders walked around Tito’s estate, discussing plans for a new division of Yugoslavia? With the help of the survivors and available archives, a Serbian director and Croatian journalist put together the pieces of this impossible mosaic. This film is neither a Serbian documentary nor a Croatian one. It is the first Serbian-Croatian co-production about this painful topic, whose wounds have yet to heal, even after a lapse of fifteen years.
Baljak, Janko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2006, Serbian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 103 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Shutka Book of Records / Knjiga Rekorda Shutke [FL 1042]
The Roma inhabitants of the Macedonian town of Shutka are poor, but their lives and their customs are exquisite. Each of the residents believes that he or she is the champion of a different discipline – protecting the community from evil spirits, singing, training fighting geese, fashion design, party planning and, of course, sexual technique. There's the man with the most money, the woman with the strongest opinions, the guy with the best suits, the greatest lovers, the most powerful music producer, the best bed maker for circumcisions, the best trainer of ganders and the best trainer of pigeons, to name but a few. The town boasts many competitions, including the annual Turkish music cassette contest. In this little-seen land, vampires are exorcised with fire and pure willpower and popular songs are composed in ten minutes by the world’ s most prolific songwriter. Severdzan Bajram, an actor known from Emir Kusturica’s Black Cat, White Cat, is our guide on this entertaining tour through the town.
Manić, Aleksandar, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005, Serbian, English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Terminus / Végállomások [FL 1048]
Bosnia 2005. Ten years have passed since the Dayton Peace Agreement, which brought the war to an end, but more than a million Bosnians are still waiting to return to their former homes.Among them are the last ethnic Bosnian refugees in Hungary, who in 1992 were freed from the institute for the mentally ill in Jakes, which was located right on the front line of the war. ”Since then my life has collapsed like a house of cards”, says Pandur, the self-appointed leader of a group of 28 people from Jakes. ”Since I came here my life has become hell. Really. Not just for me but for everybody. We are locked in all day and are only let out for breakfast and dinner.” For the inhabitants of this refugee camp for the mentally handicapped in Debrecen life passes in bleak monotony. The inactivity and monotony of the days kills their lust for life and these people, who are abandoned to their fate, are slowly giving up hope that they will ever return home.
Németh, Gábor Péter, Hungary, 2005, Hungarian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children Kosovo 2000 / Деца-Fëmijët (Kosovo 2000) [FL 1069]
In the spring of 2000, Albanian children in Kosovska Mitrovica confess to the camera the deepest pain they have experienced in their short lives: being forced to witness their parents being brutally humiliated, tortured or killed. In some cases, children had to bury a parent themselves. The black-and-white photography, often shot with a hand-held and deliberately shaky camera, reveals the Apocalyptic reality of Kosovo: its devastated villages and half-destroyed houses, where some of the children are forced to live, seem to come straight from a futuristic horror movie. Now and then, color Super 8 images, filmed by the children themselves, since they are the only ones that can see their world as it really is, alternate with shots of the destroyed areas.
Moldoványi, Ferenc, Hungary, 2001, Albanian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, French, Hungarian, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crossing the Line / Hvor går grænsen … - Dilemmaer for mennesker [FL 1070]
The documentary investigates the extent of personal morality and how it stands up in extreme circumstances. With examples from the UK, Germany, former Yugoslavia and Iraq, Petersen invites us to question where the 'line' between good and evil should be drawn. In Iraq, an American lieutenant colonel puts a gun to a prisoner's head, forcing him to reveal his assassination plans. The officer saves his men but is later tried by a military court. In the UK, former home secretary Jack Straw is confronted with numerous examples of violence and abuse in British prisons. But improving conditions for prisoners doesn't bring in votes. In The Hague, the Human Rights Court finds a former Bosnian soldier guilty. Esad Landzo talks from prison about how he turned from a young man, dreaming of an artist's life, into an unquestioning torturer. In Frankfurt, a German police officer physically threatens a kidnapper to save a small child in a case that divides the nation.
Petersen, Lars Feldballe, Denmark, 2006, Danish, English, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Innocence Unprotected / Nevinost bez zastite [FL 1102]
In 1942 a professional strong man named Dragoljub Aleksic directed and starred in a trite little melodrama titled Innocence Unprotected--the first Serbian talkie. Over 20 years later, Dusan Makavejev retrieved the film from the Archives, tinted many of the sequences by hand, and interviewed Aleksic and his co-workers in present day Yugoslavia 1968. The resulting cinematic collage is a funny and daring (in both content and form) mix of a wide variety of film footage--including documentary, narrative, agitprop, and various other bits and pieces of found footage. Serbian with English subtitles.
Makavejev, Dusan, Yugoslavia, 1968, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Drugdje [FL 1409]
There are over a billion of them in their motherland. There are ten thousand of them in Serbia and several hundreds in Zagreb. Can they become somebody more than numbers and strangers identified by the red lanterns here, in the small Croatian town located somewhere between East and West? It is difficult to give a straightforward answer to this question now. The Chinese started to come to this place in 2002. Some of them stayed, set up home and stayed here for good but new ones continually appear who simply come and go. It is easier for the Croatians to accept the former ones; some accept the latter, some do not. The Chinese seem to be glad. They give their children Croatian names and set up businesses. They are most happy because they do not need to work all the time here. They have free Sundays, they work shorter on Saturdays and they can take a month or two of holidays and spend this time in China.
Zupan, Natalija, Croatia, 2005, Croatian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kenedi, Lost and Found / Gde je bio Kenedi 2 godine? [FL 1374]
Two years after completing «Kenedi Goes Back Home» film director Žilnik finds the main protagonist Kenedi Hasani in Vienna and follows him on his journey from western Europe back to Serbia.
Žilnik, Želimir, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beekeeping after War [FL 1446]
A documentary about the former Yugoslavia, as told by the beekeepers of the land. The war-scarred lands of the former Yugoslavia are home to a great history of Beekeepers. These men and women are woven into the culture and narrative of the bitter past of this beautiful and scarred terrain. Their stories are that of the Balkans. They have seen some of the bitterest fighting in World War 2. They have lived forcibly united under Communism and they have suffered under the NATO sanctions and bombing. All the while, they have produced outstanding honey. Beekeepers from across the land tell us their stories, patiently, passionately. Sister Nektarina, an orthodox nun talks of how bees have always been part of monastery life. The Ba_i_ Brothers bemoan the quality of honey now that they can no longer move their hives freely from pasture to pasture. 22 year-old Marko wishes that the authorities would see the good that beekeepers do and help them build the economy.
Leach, Tomas, Italy, 2006, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Life and Deeds of Radovan Karadzic / Život i priključenija Radovana Karadžića [FL 1740]
“In every environment, Radovan would show a different face” – says one of the persons interviewed in the film. This documentary presents some of the more prominent of Karadzic`s many faces: that of a psychiatrist, poet, politician, commander-in-chief, person charged with genocide and fugitive from international justice. The film examines his rhetoric, arguments he used to manipulate the masses, his political mentors and the aftermath of his actions, described in the indictment issued against him by the ICTY.
Stojanović, Lazar, Netherlands, 2005, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 51 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Rise and Fall of General Mladic / Uspon i pad generala Mladića [FL 1741]
The film portrays the contradictory personality of the first man of the Serb army during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is in hiding now, avoiding arrest and surrender to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where he faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The film re-examines the myth of Ratko Mladic as a soldier, leader, hero, an extraordinary man – a myth that has come into being as an instrument of political propaganda. He was general of two armies at the same time: Yugoslav and Bosnian Serb. The film presents a comprehensive image of Ratko Mladic, recording various opinions of the man and the changes he has been through.
Stojanović, Lazar, Netherlands, 2005, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Fugitives / Begunci [FL 1742]
The film reveals the secrets of Radovan Karadzic`s and Ratko Mladic`s nine year flight from international justice, the price that Bosnia - Herzegovina is paying for their continued freedom and the evidence presented in the Tribunal courtrooms over the past years showing their personal role in the crimes for which they were indicted. Former and present Chief Prosecutors Richard Goldstone, Louise Arbour and Carla Del Ponte, the High Representative Paddy Ashdown, Bosnian Serb politicians Milorad Dodik and Dragan Kalinic, economist Zarko Papic, Professor Miodrag Zivanovic, journalists Zeljko Kopanja, Dragan Davidovic and Seki Radoncic and others discuss the implications of their flight and hiding.
Klarin, Mirko, Netherlands, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beyond Reasonable Doubt / Izvan razumne sumnje [FL 1743]
From 1995 the massacre at Srebrenica has been surrounded by denial. The ICTY called it genocide and three men have pleaded guilty acknowledging their participation in the executions of more than 7,000 men and boys and the deportation of nearly 30,000 women and children. The film presents the testimonies of those who organized and perpetrated the killings, those who tried to cover it up - digging mass graves and reburying bodies, as well as the testimonies of the victims and their relatives.
Vidaković, Mina, Netherlands, 2005, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Against All Odds: The First Ten Years of the Tribunal / Uprkos svemu: prvih 10 godina Tribunala [FL 1744]
A documentary about the first ten years of the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the great battles it has had to fight over the past decade: for survival, for respect and for time. The testimony of the current and former president of the Tribunal: judges Antonio Cassese, Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, Claude Jorda and Theodor Meron; Chief Prosecutors: Richard Goldstone, Louise Arbour and Carla del Ponte; and many other players, document this exciting, important and successful experiment in international criminal justice.Through library footage from the courtrooms and from crime scenes, the film reconstructs the crucial and most dramatic moments - victims testimonies, confessions, forensic evidence, investigations, indictments, judgments - that have marked the decade in which the Tribunal managed not only to survive but to succeed against all odds.
Netherlands, 2004, English, French, Serbian/Subtitles: Serbian, 68 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Against All Odds: The First Ten Years of the Tribunal / Uprkos svemu: prvih 10 godina Tribunala [FL 1744]
A documentary about the first ten years of the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the great battles it has had to fight over the past decade: for survival, for respect and for time. The testimony of the current and former president of the Tribunal: judges Antonio Cassese, Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, Claude Jorda and Theodor Meron; Chief Prosecutors: Richard Goldstone, Louise Arbour and Carla del Ponte; and many other players, document this exciting, important and successful experiment in international criminal justice.Through library footage from the courtrooms and from crime scenes, the film reconstructs the crucial and most dramatic moments - victims testimonies, confessions, forensic evidence, investigations, indictments, judgments - that have marked the decade in which the Tribunal managed not only to survive but to succeed against all odds.
Netherlands, 2004, English, French, Serbian/Subtitles: Serbian, 68 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Srebrenica – Triumph of Evil [FL 1745]
Produced by SENSE Agency (based in The Hague, ICTY) this documentary about the Srebrenica Trial is the first video-document about a complete trial before an international criminal tribunal after WWII.
Vidaković, Mina ; Klarin, Mirko, Netherlands, 2001, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Caviar Connection [FL 1767]
On and around the Danube, the locals try to eke out a living by fishing. They all dream of finding a fat sturgeon in their nets, whose eggs are literally worth their weight in gold. The voice-over in this observational documentary belongs to a sturgeon, who introduces the main characters: the brothers Ivan and Dragan, sons of legendary fisherman Pa Drnda, who is forced to stand by and watch his offspring wreck his fine reputation. The film follows the two brothers during the barren seasons in their day-to-day worries: the painful awakening after yet another late and inebriated night, the practiced preparation of the boat and nets, the quarrels with other fishermen about fishing territories, the disappointing catch, if there is one at all. The drudgery is occasionally interrupted by a bingo drive in the dirty village centre, where people fill in the numbers while a porn movie plays in the background. Or by death, which is never far away thanks to the population's unhealthy lifestyle. Or perhaps by an absurdist local court session about land ownership, which leaves it unclear who the witness, accused or defendant might be. A fishing ban enforced by the European Union eventually causes a trail-blazing change.
Nikolic, Dragan, Serbia and Montenegro, 2008, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Epitaph for a Dream / Epitaf za snove [FL 1800]
Branko Kapetanovic lost both his arms and legs in november 2000 while trying to dismantle a cluster bomb. This short documentary presents Mr. Kapetanovic's life nowadays and draws on his recollections of NATO's military operation in Yugoslavia in 1999.
Colovic, Filip, Serbia and Montenegro, 2009, Serbian, 13 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Verso Est [FL 1822]
A look at the painful past and uncertain future of Bosnia. Hatidza Mehmedovic lost her father, her siblings, her husband and her children in the war. The director joins her on the journey to three Bosnian cities. Sarajevo, Mostar and Srebrenica - all bearing the scars of the conflict, all trying to rebuild from what has been left.
Angiulli, Laura, Italy, 2008, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 70 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Disappearance of Heroes / Nestanak Heroja [FL 1838]
Following the war and the political changes in Serbia, many street names in Belgrade, named after famous people and historical events of World War II, have been changed. This film follows the work of the Street and Squares Commission, appointed by the city of Belgrade, as well as reactions of individuals and groups on the imposed changes.
Mandic, Ivan, Serbia and Montenegro, 2009, Serbian, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sajmiste - The History of a Camp / Sajmiste - Istorija jednog logora [FL 1871]
In the very heart of Belgrade on a former fairground complex, there once was a notorious camp where thousands of Jews and Serbs lost their lives during World War II. This film exposes the unknown history of one of the biggest camps in the world, presenting new documents and interpretations, exclusive testimonies of surviving witnesses, and unseen archival materials.
Popovic, Marko ; Mitrovic, Sredjan, Serbia and Montenegro, 2009, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Milosevic on Trial / Slobodan Milosevic – President under Anklage [FL 1876]
Nicknamed the Butcher of the Balkans, Slobodan Milosevic died of a heart attack on 11 March, 2006. Through exclusive interviews with key figures (the principal trial attorney, the English barrister Geoffrey Nice and Milosevic's advisors) the film follows the UN special tribunal session. By following the trial and recording the history as it unfolds from 2002 onwards, the film offers a unique insight into the strategies and obstacles of the people involved. The 4-year trial of Slobodan Milosevic was the longest war crimes case to be presented to an international court and the most important since Nuremberg.
Christoffersen, Michael, Denmark, 2007, English, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 69 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The 21st Second / 21. Sekund [FL 1903]
Zoltan Dani commanded the Serbian army unit that performed the 'impossible' feat of shooting down the pride of the USAF, the F-117 Stealth fighter. This is his untold account - a war story, a spy story and the drama of a man returning to his family.
Mirkovič, Željko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2008, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Perfect Time for Sugar Pees, Purisa / Lepo vreme za mlad grašak, Puriša [FL 1915]
The portrait of Serbian film director and screenwriter Puriša Đorđević made for his 85th birthday.
Špiček, Milan D., Serbia and Montenegro, 2009, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Traitor vs. War Criminal / Predstava: Izdajnik protiv zlocinca [FL 1933]
Serbia and Croatia did not declare war on each other in 1991, but they both charged and convicted general Vlado Trifunovic, with treason and war crimes respectively. Trifunovic, a general of the Federal Army, refused to obey orders from the highest levels of the government and rescued the lives of 300 soldiers by trading their safety for the surrender of a considerable amount of weaponry. Was he a traitor, or a criminal? Both or neither?
Gvardiol, Zelimir, Serbia and Montenegro, 2009, Serbian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

I Have Dreamt of Working as a Hairdresser [FL 1976]
The story of a young Roma woman who cannot achieve her dream of working as a hair-dresser. Iva came to Germany together with her husband and settled. She is desperate to remain in the country, but after seven years of illegal residence she fears deportation. One of the many illegal family stories with little hope for legality or a happy end.
Mirkovic, Lidija, Germany, 2008, German, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lost in Transition [FL 1986]
Dado arrived in Serbia as a Serbian refugee from Croatia. The war that put an end to Yugoslavia also ended his carefree childhood in the countryside. His dream is to become a famous actor, but so far he never had enough energy to start his studies. “Lost in Transition” tells the story of this “in-between” generation in Serbia that grew up during the nineties, trapped between past and future nightmares.
Beken, Thom Vander, Belgium, 2008, Serbian/Subtitles: English, Dutch, Farsi, Eastern, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sandor Kepiro / Képíró Sándor [FL 2016]
Interview with Sandor Kepiro, a former police captain charged with war crimes for his involvement in the 1942 Novi Sad massacre. In 2006, members of the Wiesenthal Center made public copies of a 1944 court verdict finding Kepiro and 14 other Hungarian Army and police officers guilty of taking part in the massacre. Although found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison, Kepiro was freed by Hungary's fascist regime shortly after the trial and fled to Argentina after the war. In 1946, the Communist government of Hungary retried him in absentia and sentenced him to 14 years. Kepiro had returned to Budapest in 1996 without being identified until that point. This film is his perspective on the events and charges.
Kovac, Karolj, Serbia and Montenegro, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: Serbian, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Train of Freedom [FL 2079]
“Train of Freedom” is a feature documentary shot entirely on the railway system of Kosovo. Since 1874, the train has made amazing journeys. At its peak, it transported passengers in luxury compartments on journeys that stretched from Greece to Germany. During the war, dark times made their mark when nearly one million Albanians were driven away by Serbian forces that ran a campaign of ethnic cleansing; many of them were forced into packed wagons and taken to the border with Macedonia. Today, the train aims to reconcile and integrate the different ethnic groups that were affected by the war. It is one of the very few places in Kosovo where Albanians, Serbs, Roma and Ashkalis share a common venue.
Correa, Karina, United States, 2008, Albanian, English, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Trumpets' Republic / Trubacka Republika [FL 2154]
Gvozden Rosic, leader of a small band in Guča, a village of 5,000 inhabitants in Central Serbia trains for the greatest brass band competition in the world. Used to sound the charge in wartime, the trumpet has lost its military significance and become an emotional part of the life of Serbian people; it is played when children are born and when people marry and move to a new house, but it also escorts the dead in their last journey.
Missio, Stefano ; Gori, Alessandro, France, 2006, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 49 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crime and Punishment [FL 2212]
Utilizing clandestine footage, the director takes an unflinching look at the final days of Srebrenica till the UN's final pullout. Powerful interviews detailing the disparate views of combatants on both sides are woven together with vivid descriptions of the impossible journeys faced by the few civilians who made it out alive.
Warsinski, Maria Fuglevaag, Norway, 1998, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Srebrenica: Autopsy of a Massacre [FL 2213]
Jean-René Ruez, Chief Investigator of the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia), spent more than a decade to unearth evidence and reconstruct the sequence of events that occurred in Srebrenica where thousands of Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered in July 1995. Ruez was the central figure in establishing the facts of the “operation” during which more than 8,000 men and boys fleeing Srebrenica were rounded up by Bosnian Serb forces, shot, buried and then reburied in mass graves to hide the evidence. Following his investigation, during which he gathered evidence that the massacres were a planned and coordinated operation, the atrocities committed and the perpetrators gradually take shape.
United Kingdom, 2008, Bosnian, French, Serbian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bosnia – Lost Images [FL 2214]
Under the watch of Dutchbat soldiers, queues of Muslim men and women are separated by one of General Mladic’s men – haunting images broadcast by TV stations around the world in the wake of the Srebrenica massacre. Shot by Serbian journalist Zoran Petrović-Pirocánac, who later attempted to cover up the evidence by editing out and erasing important scenes, this tape was used as evidence by the ICTY to indict perpetrators.
Corba, Gert, United Kingdom, 2003, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 29 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Operation: Srebrenica / Operacija Srebrenica [FL 2214]
The original footage shot by Serbian journalist Zoran Petrović-Pirocánac as broadcast on Studio B TV, Belgrade on July 14, about the Serbian operations in Srebrenica and the surrounding villages.
Petrović-Pirocánac, Zoran, Serbia and Montenegro, 1995, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 29 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Monument to Unresolved Grief [FL 2215]
A documentary about the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995, the film shows the effects of the tragic events on the lives of the parties involved ten years after the fall: a former Dutchbat soldier (UNPROFOR), a Bosnian woman who lost her husband and her son, a former Muslim commander and a former Serbian commander.
Mastenbroek, Kay ; Verdenius, Jaap, Netherlands, 2005, Bosnian, Serbian, Dutch, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Scorpions, A Home Movie [FL 2216]
After the breakdown of Yugoslavia, in the summer of 1995, 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered in and around Srebrenica region by Serbian forces. These forces included the Scorpions, a Serbian paramilitary unit active in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo. The Scorpions filmed their activities, including the murder of six Bosnian Muslim civilians. This footage (and related evidence) was subsequently used in the war crimes trials of the Scorpions unit in The Hague and Serbia. The documentary uses the footage filmed by the perpetrators, together with statements of former members and materials recorded by the unit itself in the course of its campaigns, to cast light on the military and individual dimension of the crimes committed.
Stojanović, Lazar, Serbia and Montenegro, 2007, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Srebrenica Never Again? [FL 2219]
Ten years after the Srebrenica massacre, Leslie Woodhead follows up his documentary "A Cry from the Grave" to investigate what has happened since.
Woodhead, Leslie, United Kingdom, 2005, Serbian, Bosnian/Subtitles: English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Everyday Life of Roma Children From Block 71 [FL 2237]
There are 600 squatter settlements in Serbia, the inhabitants of which are mostly of Roma origin. Of these, 105 are in Belgrade with seventeen more in New Belgrade. Here, the filmmaker documents the life of the Stankovic family who migrated from Southern Serbia in search of a better life. Their living conditions are rough and the children work to help support their family. The film is an intimate portrait of Roma children who share their hopes, dreams, and plans for the future or the lack thereof.
Todorović, Ivana, Serbia and Montenegro, 2006, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 21 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Serbs in Pest and Buda / Szerbek Pesten és Budán [FL 2271]
The film looks at the Serbian heritage of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, unraveling the coexistence of Serbian and Hungarian culture from the Middle Ages until 2009.
Hevér, Zoltán, Hungary, 2003, Hungarian, Serbian, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Callshop [FL 2308]
The film observes people in a callshop in a busy Munich train station. People come here to make long distance calls, most of them immigrants trying to get in touch with their distant loved ones.
Grigorian, Eldar, Germany, 2007, French, Albanian, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lovas – Bloody Grape Harvest / Lovas – Krvava berba grožđa [FL 2355]
According to the official data of the Croatian Government’s Office for the Imprisoned and Missing Persons, during the siege of Lovas, 85 residents were killed, two missing. The film looks at the effects of the war on the civilian population in Lovas.
Kovacic, Goran, Serbia and Montenegro, 2007, Serbian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 35 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Icon of Tears / Ikona e Lotëve [FL 2392]
Ferdane Çerkezi from Gjakova, Kosovo, has four sons and her husband missing. Despite the fact that exhumations uncover more and more mass graves, she still hopes that her husband and sons will return alive. She cleans their shoes every day, and talks to their pictures each morning.
Kabashi, Ilir, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005, Albanian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ticket to Happiness / Karta Za Sreću [FL 2397]
A short film about the life, activities and achievements of mentally disabled children.
Bibić, Toma, Serbia and Montenegro, 2007, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 14 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Prostitution: Hell of a Job or a Job from Hell / Prostitucija: posao ili pakao [FL 2404]
According to Serbian laws, women caught in the act of prostitution can receive a sentence of up to 30 days in prison while clients are not held responsible at all. Moreover, they are used as witnesses by the police forces. The film reveals how women in the sex industry in Serbia are victims of discrimination, but also introduces various attitudes towards prostitution by sex workers from other countries.
Momcilovic, Nikola, Serbia and Montenegro, 2007, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 15 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Number is My Name / Ime mi je broj [FL 2405]
Inmates of one of Serbia’s high security prisons talk about life behind bars. Men convicted for murder robbery and other grave crimes give an insight to power relations, survival skills and indentity problems in an institution where confinement and lack of prospects can challenge one’s personality to extreme levels.
Popovic, Marko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2007, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Long Road Through Balkan History / Dugo putovanje kroz istoriju, historiju i povijest [FL 2461]
The film explores different visions of the common past in the Balkans and how those differing visions impact the present and the future of the region. The film is a journey through the past, present and future, from Slovenia to Macedonia, via Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. The main protagonists are two writers, Miljenko Jergović from Croatia and Marko Vidojković from Serbia. They share the driving in a Yugo car, the ultimate symbol of their common past, and drive it from one end to the other of the road once known as the "Highway of Brotherhood and Unity." They aim to look at their common past, find out how history has set them apart, ask where the present is leading them — and have a lot of fun while they are about it. As the Yugo dodges lorries, fast cars and queues at endless border checks, they take a wry look at the state of the Balkans. They sing along to nostalgic Yugoslav favorites, comment on the radio news and above all stop to ask those who can tell them how they got there and where the highway of history is taking them next.
Markovic, Željko, Belgium, 2010, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Model House / Maketa [FL 2503]
“Model House” is the story of a Serbian cleaning woman who is an ex-Yugoslav refugee from the Krajina region. Although she is grateful to be working, taking care of the homes of others reminds her of the home she lost during the war. Her narrative is juxtaposed with scenes from the NATO bombing, visuals of dingy refugee camps, excerpts from state television broadcasts spewing inane propaganda, and a voiceover of Milosevic intoning, among other things, "All must be sacrificed for the people, except the people."
Radovanovic, Goran, Serbia and Montenegro, 2001, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 21 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Peace Effort in Vukovar / Gevaarlijke Stilte [FL 2555]
The film follows the peace missions of Max can der Stoel, the first High Commissioner on National Minorities of OSCE, in former Yugoslavia. He tries to find solutions for people who are trapped in a place which is not theirs: Serbs live in houses that once belonged to Croats while Croats live in houses that once belonged to Serbs. Through the eyes of Serbs and Croats, the film illustrates displacement, unhappiness and lack of hope for equitable solutions.
Hoff, Rob, Netherlands, Serbian, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 41 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Three / Tri [FL 2673]
“Do we still need to keep talking about the war?" is the motto of this documentary by Goran Dević, who has decided to conduct confessional interviews with three men actively involved in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Serb Novica Kostić tried his best to avoid conscription but failed. During the war he was wounded and he now recalls how easily a person can be turned into a "killing machine." Rough-edged and slightly cynical Croat Narcis Misanović joined up voluntarily and was convicted after the war of the murder of 16 Serb civilians. Ivica Petrić saw his father and brother killed in front of his eyes. At the age of 11 he was already working in a military canteen and a few years later was fighting in the ranks of the Bosnian army. These interviews, recorded during car journeys, bring the fratricidal conflict home to the viewer. Even though the three fought on different sides, they all agree that the war was inhumane and absurd, and that today everybody behaves as if nothing happened.
Dević, Goran, Croatia, 2007, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ghetto Street / Getto Sor [FL 2731]
Lukacs is a thin old gypsy musician, who often appears in cafes, pubs or on the street. He belongs to the townscape. An inseparable part of him is his tamboura, which he takes with him wherever he goes. He is glad to play to anybody, even for no money. The authentic gypsy songs he plays raise a smile on people’s face and ensure his poor living. Lukacs’s grandson also loves music, but the music the grandson embraces is different from what his grandfather represents. The boy is interested in rap and hip-hop music. He would do anything to make this dream come true, even enrolling in a talent show. The film is trying to find out if the two genres and generations represented by Lukacs and his grandson can live together, and if the traditional Roma values have undergone any changes.
Csubrilo, Zoltán, Serbia and Montenegro, 2009, Hungarian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 44 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

My World Full of Lightness / Moj svet pun svetlosti [FL 2857]
In the 1950s two boys from village Ratkovo, Yugoslavia dreamt about building a cinema. Although they didn't know anything about film history, technology or the art of movie making, together they designed a projector and started making their own films. The film tells the story of the projector made of wood, films made of paper and glued together with dough. A historian from the Yugoslav Film Archives claims that the objects constructed and created by Milomir Bojovic and Lazar Aleksic should be placed at the Archive.
Acin, Andrej, Serbia and Montenegro, 2007, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

From Grain to Painting / Od Zma do Slike [FL 2950]
Croatian female native artists (Bunjevci) in the north of today's Vojvodina have been forgotten. The name "straw-girls" is derived from the straw which they use for weaving beautiful and poetic descriptions of their hard and lonely minority life at home in an immense Panonian golden plain, far away of border of their Croatian homeland.
Istvancic, Branko, Croatia, 2012, Croatian, Serbian, Italian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Murder Revisited [FL 2987]
Revisits the Brice Taton murder case, exposing Serbia of today, a country where indiscrimination and unpunished violence orchestrated by leaders of football hooligan groups and controlled remnants of the Miolosevic era keep holding the country's civil society in a state of permanent fear.
Miletic, Milan, Germany, 2011, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Loaves and Fish / Vekne Hleba i Riba [FL 2994]
In a little village in the heart of Serbia, Mirko takes care of the old and small Serbian Orthodox church of the community. Every day he opens the church and with dedication prepares all details for the service that the priest will give. When everything is ready, Mirko rings the bells. Only an old and devoted woman enters the church, the only person attending the service. But one day not even the old lady arrives.
Borrego, Irene M., Spain, 2013, Serbian/Subtitles: English, Spanish, 23 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kosma [FL 3026]
The KOSMA radio network is the only link among highly isolated Serbian communities in Kosovo. The sound of the radio travels through deserted areas and abandoned houses. Electricity and water cutoffs, fear, helicopters flying over, attacks and protests are woven into simple human stories, acts and aspirations. In this place laden with history and tradition, the radio voices bear witness to everyday life, human connections, significant events and ever-present hope.
Blagojevic, Sonja, Serbia and Montenegro, 2013, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Wall [FL 3065]
Two decades ago, a wall was built in a small primary school in the Kosovo village of Rubovce, twenty kilometers south of the capital, Pristina. It still remains in place today. The wall separates Albanian and Serbian students who enter the same building every morning, yet never play or talk to one another, neither during classes nor breaks. Both students and teachers have learned to live in two parallel worlds, and don’t seem to mind. Neither side is interested in taking the first step towards changing the situation. Director Nikola Polić and cinematographer Husamettin Luma use their probing camera to expose the persistent mechanisms of ethnic segregation at the grassroots level.
Polić, Nikola, Serbia and Montenegro, 2012, Albanian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

People Under the Stovepipe / Ljudi Pod Cunkom [FL 3159]
Serbians in Kosovo are trying to produce an international jazz&blues festival despite hard living conditions. At the same time they are trying to prevent the removal of the barricades that allow them to defend themselves and keep independence.
Radakovic, Srdjan, Serbia and Montenegro, 2013, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Good Morning, Mitrovica / Доброе Утро, Митровица! [FL 3191]
The protagonists of the film are young citizens of Mitrovica in Kosovo region, Sergei and Milena. In 2002 Sergei was thrown in prison, he lost his parents and his survival is a miracle. But the experience did not break him. In 2008 Sergei becomes a youth leader and now takes an active part in the struggle for the rights of Serbs in Kosovo. He is in love with an unusual girl named Milena, whose melodious voice greets listeners over the radio with "Good Morning, Mitrovica!" These youths are not embittered and disheartened. They are firmly set on building their own future in their native town.
Uralskaya, Irina, Russia, 2012, Serbian/Subtitles: English, Russian, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Superior Orders / Felsobb Parancs [FL 3197]
Masses of refugees leave Asia and Africa for the European Union. These mostly unskilled young men set out on a long and dangerous journey to escape persecution, war, or a hopeless economic situation. Without papers, they have to cross borders illegally, the last of them being the one between Serbia and Hungary. If they succeed in getting across, they will have reached the European Union and can continue to Western Europe. This border, however, is controlled by heat cameras; the few refugees managing to cross are likely to run into border guards and local volunteer militia. Before they head for the border, the refugees spend the night under the sky and have to cope with the cold, hunger, tiredness, and abuse by the Serbian police. Risking criminal persecution, a priest from a nearby town provides them with food, clothing and unconditional love.
Nagy, Viktor Oszkár ; Petrik, Andras, Hungary, 2013, Hungarian, English, Serbian, Spanish, Pashto, Farsi, Eastern/Subtitles: Hungarian, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Silent River / Apele Tac [FL 3288]
Romania 1986: Gregor & Vali want to get away. Both need each other, yet there is a mutual distrust. One night Gregor finds his doubts confirmed.
Lazarescu, Anca Miruna, Germany, 2011, Romanian, German, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Album [FL 3298]
In this poetic film essay, parts of which were filmed by a Super 8 camera, writer Miroslav Kirin makes an attempt to reconstructing a family album with photos destroyed in the war, when his family was forced to leave their home in occupied Petrinja. After the war he finds unusual 'compensation': having returned, instead of his family photographs, he finds an undeveloped negative left by the unknown Serbian family who lived in his house during occupation. Ironically and emotionally, these photos become a part of his family album.
Istvancic, Branko, Croatia, 2011, Croatian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Naked Island / Goli [FL 3385]
Some sixty years ago a man went missing for four years. He returned a changed man carrying along a painful secret, but talking about the past was forbidden in the family. It was his granddaughter, the director of this film, who first started asking questions, wanting to find out what was hidden beneath her grandfather’s scar-covered body. However, he died without revealing the entire story to anyone. Naked Island is an investigation built upon the ruins of the past and a mosaic of clues – family photos and intimate testimonies of a tight-knit group of people who were all united by the experience of a political prison in ex-Yugoslavia, also known as an island of broken souls. This place left its mark on all three generations. By exposing and examining the past, the family secret finally comes to the surface and becomes history, allowing the new generation to defy silence and fear.
Gudac, Tiha Klara, Croatia, 2014, Croatian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Goran [FL 3536]
Everyday struggles and moments of joy as seen through the eyes of a man with disabilities, Goran Gostojić of Novi Sad.
Santaguida, Roberto, Serbia and Montenegro, 2014, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 10 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

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