DRUGA STRANA SVEGA
A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept a family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.
Why from there? Because I have been privileged to grow up observing Serbia through the beliefs and actions of a woman who thought it her responsibility to speak up about things that were happening in it. Because my mother and I have always shared this language of politics - she was a student leader in 1968, and so was I in the 90s. Because my family home was the gathering place for intellectual discussions, activist meetings and often just refuge from the madness taking place outside. Because this home is in the centre of Belgrade and the things happening in Serbia today. Because the more I stare at the locked doors in our living room that I have been faced with all my life, the more I realize how much about Serbia can be understood by talking about divided spaces. Between those seeking to re-write the past, and those attempting to acknowledge it. And a way of understanding my mother’s life is her attempts at bridging this divide.
As I grew, I have come to feel that the personal impulse to act is inspired less by lofty ideals of freedom, justice and equality, and more from the small things we personally hold dear - we act to protect the fabric of our life, the family that gathers on Christmas Eve, the neighbours we grew up with, the trees in front of our house, the roots that connect us. As a public, we usually have external access to stories of political struggle. Activism takes place in public spaces, and it is a group experience of street demonstrations and inspiring speeches. Having grown up as the daughter of a very visible political activist and professor, I needed to make a film about this experience, but I wanted to build it around a private dialogue. And to get to the heart of civic activism, of engagement as an intimate act, a personal reckoning we each make with ourselves when choosing how to live our lives.
2017 - THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING
2011 - CINEMA KOMUNISTO
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Mila Turajlic
Written by: Mila Turajlic
Produced by: Carine Chichkowsky, Mila Turajlic
Cinematography: Mila Turajlic
Editing: Sylvie Gadmer, Aleksandra Milovanovic
Original Score: Jonathan Morali
Sound Design: Aleksandar Protic
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Documentary Selection 2018