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02 Nov 12

Free Zone Film Festival Kicks Off in Belgrade

Over six festival days, audiences in Belgrade will have the chance to see latest socially engaged documentaries and feature films, as well as debate the topics presented on the screen.

Danilo Lucic
BIRN Belgrade
A scene from the movie "Where Do We Go Now?" | Photo courtesy of Free Zone Festival  

Belgrade's eighth Free Zone festival will be held from November 2 to 7 in the Cultural Centre of Belgrade and in the Cultural Centre Dom Omladine, presenting international and domestic films that deal with social issues.

It kicks off with the screening of the movie "Where Do We Go Now?" by Lebanese director Ladine Nabaki, which depicts a Christian-Muslim village in Lebanon, where women try to discourage their husbands from fighting religious wars among themselves.

During the festival audiences will be able to see 24 documentaries and 10 feature films, while 28 authors and accompanying program participants will be hosted.

New to this year's festival is a supporting event, Late Night Conversations, edited and moderated by the philosopher Ivan Milenkovic.

During this event, which will take place every day after the last screening, philosophers, political analysts, writers and social theorists will debate important social issues and give their answers to the topics addressed in the films.

The guest selector for this year is the award-winning writer Dubravka Ugresic, who has chosen four movies dealing with the attempts of immigrants from Africa, Asia and Southeast Europe to reach Western Europe.

In this year's selection is also the docudrama "Indignados", by Toni Gatlif, based on the political essay "Time for Outrage!" by Stephane Hessel – the French Resistance fighter who survived the Buchenwald concentration camp in Nazi Germany.

Every year the festival gives the Audience Award for the top four movies selected by the audience. The award includes buying television rights for the winning film and also the rights for their screening in 30 cities in Serbia as a part of Free Zone tour.

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