Boris Buden on Freedom


9. 11. 2017 / Meeting Point Cinema, Sarajevo


Freedom: A trap at the end of history

A quarter of century ago the word “freedom” stand at the entrance to the post-totalitarian paradise. Once inside, it turned into the most effective instrument of ideological domination, social destruction and economic exploitation. Why history makes fools of us, time and again?  


Boris Buden is a writer, cultural critic, and translator. He studied philosophy in Zagreb and received his PhD in Cultural Theory from Humboldt University, Berlin. In the 1990s he was editor of the magazine and publishing house Arkzin in Zagreb. His essays and articles cover topics related to philosophy, politics, translation, linguistics, the post-communist condition, and cultural and art criticism.

Images born out of struggle




Doc Mornings: Images born out of struggle

10. 11. 2017 / SKLOP / Radićeva 2, Sarajevo



Yaser Kassab, filmmaker, Syria – Sweden

Aron Sekelj, filmmaker, Serbia

Goran Dević, filmmaker, Croatia

Annik Leroy, filmmaker, Belgium



Kumjana Novakova, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival


How do we make cinema in the times of common confusion?

Can we trust our own frustrations?

Do we follow our dreams, or our hunger?

Are our fantasies still ours?

Only if we make films for ourselves first, they will be part of the social struggle, they will join the collective voice, and they will become political cinema.

Laila Pakalnina: The Cinema of the Semiperiphery

11. 11. 2016 / DUPLEX100m2



Kumjana Novakova, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival


The Cinema of the Semiperiphery

Eastern Europe is positioned between the center and the periphery, enclosing features of both, as core and periphery processes are both occurring. The characteristics of the space as semiperiphery matters for knowledge, as well as for art and cinema production.

How does the social and the political shape authorship in this space which breaks the binary between the centre and periphery with this third element, the semiperiphery, that is always in transition?

Laila Pakalnina is a prominent and prolific filmmaker, and her work is culturally and politically defined by the context, while her filmic language is often associated with (political) irony. Thus, how does this constant transition affect her creation in cinema – both in terms of the creative, and in terms of production?

Laila Pakalnina is a director and scriptwriter of 28 documentaries, 5 shorts, and 5 fiction features, altogether she has 38 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 2 dogs and 2 bicycles. And many ideas for new films. Her films have screened in official programmes at Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Rome and other international festivals, where they have won numerous awards.