PEJZAŽI OTPORA LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE
As one of the first female partisans in World-War-Two-era Serbia, Sonja helps fight the German occupation, before being captured and deported to Auschwitz, where she leads the resistance in the women's barracks. As the Red Army approaches, she manages to escape. Now, the former resistance fighter, having made it to advanced age, recounts her past, seated in her living room, while playing with her cat. As she does so, it becomes clear that one mustn't lose sight of the threat of fascism in today's Serbia either. Director Marta Popivoda brings Sonja's memories to life with the help of landscape images. The former partisan's recollections are accompanied by close-up shots taken from the places that she frequented during her time as a resistance fighter. In this way, a wall, a meadow or the decaying barbed wire of Auschwitz testify to the stand she and others took. With a steady touch, Popivoda creates a cinematic monument full of dignity to an exceptionally brave lady, who has since passed away.
Born in 1982 in Belgrade, in her works Popivoda explores the tensions between memories and history as well as collective and individual bodies. Her documentary film debut YUGOSLAVIA, HOW IDEOLOGY MOVED OUR COLLECTIVE BODY celebrated its premiere at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale.
2011 // THE GUARD / ČUVAR
2013 // YUGOSLAVIA, HOW IDEOLOGY MOVED OUR COLLECTIVE BODY
2021 // LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE / PEJZAŽI OTPORA