Positioned in a Belgrade apartment, we are introduced to academic and feminist activist Srbijanka Turajlic. She is being interviewed by her filmmaker daughter, Mia, who uses her mother as a prism through which to describe the complex politics, identities and history of the former Yugoslavia.
The film has the intimacy of a home movie, containing warmth and tension, only leaving the apartment to present archive footage, which forms a poetic understanding of the often brutal Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. The film effectively combines the personal and political, asking how citizens can speak truth to power in a democracy often corrupted by nationalism and war. It creates an enlightening study of a complicated, and still haunted, corner of the world.
Winner Best Feature Documentary at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, 2017.