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BELDOCS 2016 – Film Recommendations
© Galina Maksimovic
First Publication: The 5C Project May 18 2016
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Our The 5C Project ambassador Galina Maksimovic visited this year΄s Beldocs Film Festival in Serbia, held 12-18 May 2016, and here΄s a list with her personal favorites for all documentary lovers out there. 

This year’s edition of Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival BELDOCS has brought us a variety of thought-provoking, educational and fun movies. For all the film lovers who are seeking for their next documentary thrill – here is a short list of some of the finest movies screened this year.

Chasing a Dream by Mladen Mitrović (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2015)

Let’s start with a Balkan movie – and a touchy one. A film crew from Sarajevo gets separated because of the war. Two decades later, they live in twelve different cities on four continents. Their director, chasing his dream, tries to reunite them. This movie is a blend of personal emotions and universal feelings for others, for your hometown, for the core values of the humanity.

Sonita by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami (Iran/Germany/Switzerland, 2015)

The winner of Sundance festival in the World Cinema – Documentary competition brings us a sobering story about freedom. Sonita is only 15, but she maturely dreams of raising people’s awareness about the life of women from Afghanistan through music. She faces two huge obstacles – women from her culture must not sing and her family wants to marry her to a stranger. Read ‘marry’ as ‘sell’.

Filmed in an Italian institution for mentally challenged criminals, this movie introduces us to the very bottom of the society. In this world, nobody cares about the patients. Well, aren’t drugs enough to take care of them? ‘Controindicazione’ questions the rigid rules, loose interest in patients and the ethics behind such systems.

Bolshoi Babylon by Nick Reed and Mark Franchetti (United Kingdom, 2015)

‘When there is something wrong with our theater, you know that there is something wrong with the whole country”, said one of the people featuring this movie. And this movie pushes us into the jungle of vanity, rivalry and other perks of being in the best ballet theater in the world. The story begins with an acid-attack scandal…

Although it deals with something seemingly superficial, such as fandom, this movie actually gives us a deeper insight in this pop cultural phenomenon, presenting the core causes of the obsessions with certain stars, including sociological and psychological aspects. The protagonist is a boy Belieber (a huge fan of Justin Bieber) who finds inspiration in JB’s songs to chase his own dreams.

  Chasing A Dream
  The Most Important Boy in the World
  Mladen Mitrovic
  Galina Maksimovic
  Tea Lukac
  Tamara von Steiner
  A Breathtaking Night in Cinema by Galina Maksimovic
  The 9th Edition of Documentary Festival Beldocs
  Awards of the 9th Beldocs International Documentary Festval
  The 5C Project - Official Website
  Original Article on The 5C Project Website
  Beldocs - Official Website
  Sundance Film Festival - Official Website
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