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When Pigs Come

DirectorBiljana Tutorov
WriterBiljana Tutorov
CameraOrfeas Skutelis
EditorThomas Ernst, Ana Lagator, Natasa Pantic
SoundFrano Homen
CastDragoslava Aleksic, Natasa i Dusan Bosnjak, Lena Gordic, Svetlana Zekovic, Malina Vrbaski, Dragan Aleksic
ProducerBiljana Tutorov – Wake Up Films; Kinematograf, Al Jazeera Balkans, HRT – Croatian Television
Original TitleKADA DODJU SVINJE
Year2017
Length72 min
CountrySerbia/Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina
SubtitlesEnglish
SectionDOCUMENTARIES OPEN DEBATES
ScreeningThursday 8 November | 21:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 11 November | 18:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag

A charming, well directed documentary tragi-comedy of a very special old lady. A retired teacher in Serbian province, devotedly monitors elections believing that all individuals could and should make a difference in building democracy. The screening on November 11 will be followed by Q&A with the director Biljana Tutorov.

Synopsis

Dragoslava has four TV sets, three grandchildren, two best friends, and one husband with whom she fights over the remote control. She has lived in five countries without ever moving from her flat in a small border town in Serbia. The media and politics seep into the family intimacy but she tackles it with humour and determination. She recounts tales from real life to the kids, instead of fairy tales, powered by her desire to create a future of hope. For her, each and every one of her actions, from morning till night, is an act of responsibility which sparks changes in the world. A multi-awarded documentary about never giving-up and making a difference in a society where many have lost the hope of using their voice.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Sarajevo Film Festival, 2017 – EDN Talent Grant Award | Sofia Independent Film Festival, 2017 – Special Jury Mention | International Film Festival WATCH DOCS – Human Rights in Film, Warsaw 2017 | Visions du Reel – International Film Festival Nyon, 2018 | HOT DOCS, Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto 2018 | BELDOCS – International Documentary Film Festival, Serbia 2018 – Best Editing

Director’s statement

I was looking for an intimist story that could deal with the issues which have troubled me over the past few years: the failures of the post-war era in the ex-Yugoslavia region; the abuse of the mechanisms of democracy to establish new dictatorships; the ever-rising confusion and discrepancy between current politics as portrayed in the media and the harsh reality we live in. The tendency is for ordinary people to obey orders and conform to mass opinion without a critical evaluation of the consequences of their actions and inaction. The heroine of the film, Dragoslava, is more authentic and responsible than our self-centered intellectual elite, which is disconnected from reality and failing to inspire deep and permanent social change. Through her character, I tried to discover where exactly the initial impulse of civilian and political action lies. What is the bare minimum that is necessary for the healing process to begin? In what way can this chain of events be stopped, how can future generations be offered a meaningful, more dignified life?