DRUGA STRANA SVEGA THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING
On 5 October 2000, protests attended by hundreds of thousands of individuals in Belgrade led to the downfall of Slobodan Milošević. Srbijanka Turajlić is one of the figureheads of the OTPOR, the democratic and anti-militaristic resistance against the nationalist dictator. The mathematics professor lives in a house that her grandfather had built, in an apartment whose one half has been inaccessible for the past 70 years, closed off behind a sealed door. While the family repeatedly returns to the theme of its Yugoslavian heritage, census data hints at ethnic affiliations. When friends come around for dinner these days, they still knock three times – like in the good old days, when that was the code one used to indicate it wasn’t the secret police dropping by instead. Srbijanka’s daughter Mila starts to ask questions, the camera always at the ready. While Srbijanka suggests she show more courage and initiative, Mila doubts whether it’s even worth staying in her native land any more.
Private materials collected over the course of decades are combined with footage of key moments from the history of Yugoslavia and then later Serbia. The result is an extraordinary and moving film that tells the story of a country from an unaccustomed perspective.
Born in 1979 in Belgrade, Turajlić obtained a degree in politics and international relations at the London School of Economics. She specialised in documentary filmmaking at La Fémis, is an alumna of EURODOC, Berlin Talent Campus, Discovery Campus, and teaches at Archidoc and the Balkan Documentary Center. Since 2005 she has been part of “Magnificent 7 Festival of European Documentary Films” in Belgrade, and is a founder and the first president of DokSerbia, the Association of Documentary Filmmakers of Serbia.
2011 // CINEMA KOMUNISTO2017 // DRUGA STRANA SVEGA / THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING