Jasmila Zbanic, (b. 1975), Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Director and Producer at Deblokada. Recent documentary: Red Rubber Boots.

What documentaries will you be making in the future?

We at Deblokada are working on three documentary films. New Old Bridge is about the reconstruction of the Old Bridge in Mostar. We are documenting the process of the bridge reconstruction, and concurrently documenting the film crew and me go through the same experience asking “Is it at all possible to ‘reconstruct’ ourselves?”. The second film involves digital research about young people from Sarajevo who were wounded during the war. I record their memories of those extreme moments of injury and work on that. The third film is a compilation of the huge collection of home-video material from the time of the Sarajevo siege. For me, this film is an X-ray of a specific human experience.

To sum-up our work: it is obvious that we are still dealing with the war and post-war experience. This need comes from our necessity to tell the stories we have gone through, but not really worked over, and to make the research of our own emotions and thoughts, questioning the new reality. One might say that we use documentaries as a tool to overcome what is recognized as “trauma” (though I dislike this word). Well yes, but to me this post-war period of making documentaries is like learning about the world as a newborn, exploring life and world for the first time. This time with the weapon: camera.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Which documentary traditions do you approve of? What would you like to renew?

My inspiration comes less from films and filmmakers and more from people I meet and their energy. It is them who make me go through the walls. Films come as a luggage, or sandwiches for the trip. To mention some of the main dishes, desserts, appetizers… I would take Kiarostamy, Macmalbaf, Lars Von Trier, Lozinski, Makavejev …with their documentaries, fictions, documentary-fiction or fiction-documentary pieces.

When I receive the reply from festivals saying, “Sorry, your film is a documentary and is not eligible for our festival,” I feel sad for this superficial and traditional approach to films. In the era of new technologies when we examine time, space and reality with new tools, Films are only Films: important, meaningful, creative … Not separating them helps both documentaries and fictions, to take maximum creativity and responsibility towards the audience and film as an art.

Do you work internationally? Do you see it as positive / as a pure necessity?

In Bosnian the word ‘Deblokada’ means breaking the siege, a word frequently used during the Serbian siege of Sarajevo. Now, the aim of Deblokada is to break the sieges that are around us. Also, we work in a country where the film system is not functioning (no money, law, laboratory, equipment or market). Working internationally is our positive necessity but certainly it is in the nature of film (picture moving through our eyes, going directly through the nerves and then, it depends: to heart, to liver, to sexual organs…with no stops, no barricades).

Which media do you think you will produce for (TV, cinema, the Internet)?

Internet is timeless, spaceless, and personalityless and it is wonderful to imagine placing a film on it with no clue when, where, who will watch it. Cinema is timelimited, spacelimited, very human and it is a joy to produce for it. I think the two of them could live parallel and compatible…and it will be nice to produce for both. (TV has power. Since it already exists, why not?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDuA3xZOsek

Linda Västrik, b.1972, Stockholm, Sweden

Director. Graduation documentary Dad and Me has travelled to numerous festivals around the world.

What documentaries will you be making in the future?

I do not know about the future nor do I know about the reason for the future.

What is you biggest inspiration?

PJ Harvey, Fransesca Woodman, Bruce Gilden, Brian Weil.

Which documentary traditions do you approve of?

Still photographers as Nan Goldin, Fransesca Woodman, Araki, Brian Weil,

Robert Frank.

What would you like to renew?

I want explore my own life.

Do you work internationally?

Yes.

Do you see it as positive/ as a pure necessity?

It is extremely positive.

Which media do you think you will produce for (TV, cinema, the Internet)?

I will produce first of all for cinema and cityrooms.

Gunnar Dedio, b.1969, Rostock, Germany

Producer. Established Looks Medienproduktion in 1995.  Documentary producer. Recent documentary: Fit for Jesus

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