ROAD OF BROTHERHOOD AND UNITY

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The documentary film Road of Brotherhood and Unity is a personal diary of Maja Weiss, filmed in November 1998 along the famous route of Brotherhood and Unity, which connected all the republics of former Yugoslavia, now countries Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film portrays the different viewpoints of the inhabitants of these recently formed countries who used to share the same homeland and its ideology of brotherhood and togetherness, and tries to show the meaning of this slogan at the end of 1998, when bloodshed and wars cut off all communication between the inhabitants of the former common state.

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The documentary film Road of Brotherhood and Unity is a personal diary of Maja Weiss, filmed in November 1998 along the famous route of Brotherhood and Unity, which connected all the republics of former Yugoslavia, now countries Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film portrays the different viewpoints of the inhabitants of these recently formed countries who used to share the same homeland and its ideology of brotherhood and togetherness, and tries to show the meaning of this slogan at the end of 1998, when bloodshed and wars cut off all communication between the inhabitants of the former common state.

AUTHOR TEAM


Written and Directed by / MAJA WEISS
Producer/ IDA WEISS
Camera / MAJA WEISS
Editor/ ROMAN SEDMAK
Sound Design / DAMJAN KUNEJ

PRODUCTION


Production: Bela Film
Coproduction: TV Slovenia – Documentary Program

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR


“It is a truly modern documentary film, a road movie with a sense that is both personal and socially reflective. In this difficult genre, the director managed to complete the structure, despite the colorful multitude of socially and nationally mixed characters who act spontaneously and directly, because the author did not direct the characters, but the film.”
– Expert jury of the 2nd Slovenian Film Festival at the awarding of the award for the best documentary work, Portorož, March 1999 –
“With its distinctly personal approach and entry, Maja Weiss’s extraordinary Road of Brotherhood and Unity brings a new wind to Slovenian documentary film, as well as a new genre – let’s call it a road home movie… I can only be as much a part of Slovenian film as these images are a part of it.”
– Vlado Škafar, program manager of the Slovenian Cinematheque –

“The author managed to capture the widest range of interlocutors, as her friends, simple individuals and important representatives of the cultural life of the former Yugoslavia took turns in front of the camera. The confession of the former highly exploited Yugoslav film diva Sonja Savić was bitter, and we also listened to the comments of Kusturic’s screenwriter Abdulah Sidran. The film narration by Maja Weiss felt completely orthodox and true. While some believed that the former brotherhood was genuine and sincere, others claimed that it was fake from day one. The stories were nicely seasoned with old “hits”. The great heterogeneity of views is certainly one of the essential features of Maja’s documentary, as she managed to combine everything that – at least in the case of the former Yugoslavia – seemed impossible.”
– Jelka Šutej Adamič, Dnevnik, May, 1999 –

“The documentary of the month, entitled Road of Brotherhood and Unity, undoubtedly deserved the appropriate attention of the viewers, as it once again confirms the high standard of documentary production in Slovenia. A document of the time, evidently created as a result of the heightened emotional impulse of Maja Weiss, who walks with her sister through the eerie landscapes of the desolate landscape along the famous connecting road between the South Slavic nations, is also a remarkable author’s work and certainly one of the last monuments to a naive architectural endeavor. The documentary, in which we find everything: from moving testimonies about the collapse of a magnificent idea, surprisingly clear statements about the samples of the Balkan apocalypse, smuggled image sequences of destroyed residences, to the soundtrack as the only authentic proof that we lived together once upon a time, was created at the right time time at the right moment. At a time when one war had just passed and the other had not yet begun. At a time when it might have seemed that the brothers would meet again in a few centuries and the ominous premonition did not yet predict a meeting that would never happen again. In short, with her travelogue, Weiss just captured a desperate interlude and recorded it on film, just as she did after the Chernobyl disaster. And this is the priceless value of her glimpses. Television Slovenija and Bela Film succeeded in producing a shocking record about the decline of a generation south of Kolpa, a self-contained diary dramatization of the lives of ordinary people who involuntarily turned into ‘room asylum seekers’ only because the brotherhood wanted it, which is still in power today and which with its cynicism blew up its own social mind.”
– Simon Kardum, Stop, May 1999 –

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AWARDS


– Official nomination for Best video documentary Silver Wolf Award / IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Netherlands), 1999
– Best Documentary Award / Festival of Slovenian Film (Slovenia), 1999
– Darka Bratina Award Poklon viziji / Film Video Monitor (Gorizia, Italy), 1999
– Viktor / Slovenian Media Prize 1999

FESTIVALS


– International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam ? IDFA (Netherlands), 1999
– Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 1999
– Festival of Slovenian Films (Slovenia), 1999
– Digitale Kologne (Germany), 1999
– DokumentART, International Film and Video Festival Split (Croatia), 1999
– FEST Beograd (Serbia), 1999

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Length: 104 min / 50 min
Language: slovenian, croatian, serbian, bosnian, albanian
Format: Beta SP
Year of Production: 1999

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