Special guest – visual artist Mirjana Margetic

This coming Sunday is going to be a treat: we don’t just have a fantastic film and an interview with its director, but also a very special guest: Geelong-based artist Mirjana Margetic.  Mirjana migrated to Australia from Serbia in the early 90s and since then she has made a name for herself as an artist, daringly exploring questions of identity and connection between nature and the feminine.

On Sunday she will talk to us about What shapes my identity today: the history of Serbian migration in Victoria, the book that she  edited, bringing together stories of migration from Serbia to Australia. She will share some of those stories during her talk, exploring the painstaking journey of starting out again on the other side of the world.

Her latest exhibition, ‘Female Ancestry — A life of the cloth, capture and recover’, is a reflection on women’s identity through a variety of media, including recycled fabrics and needlework. You’ll get to see some of her exquisite artwork on the screen on Sunday.

So book your pass if you haven’t yet, for a real feast of a Sunday afternoon, celebrating our rich multicultural identity.

The event will start at 2.30pm, with Mirjana Margetic’s talk, followed by the Open cage screening, and a brief q&a with Sinisa Galic, the film director.


‘We are all connected’

This is the message that director Sinisa Galic wants to send with his film Open cage, our screening choice for diversity month. This Sunday we invite you to find out if he succeeds.

The film mixes characters and perspectives from the East and the West: a young photojournalist from Berlin meets a young woman from Belgrade, who dreams of a better life abroad. Beyond their apparent differences, the two young women also have things in common, and the film strives to illustrate this shared humanity. They are both searching for something, a search that their background and history dictates.

‘We are all kind of connected, even if we think we are opposing. We have to be conscious of the similarities between us,’ says Sinisa Galic in an interview with Sabisa Paisa last week.

The connectedness we see on screen was mirrored in the film crew on set, with a team of over 40 people from different countries: Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Turkey and USA working on it.

Book you pass now and join us to celebrate Harmony Week with a film.


March is all about diversity

This March we are partnering with the Victorian Multicultural Commission to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week.  Every March Victorians celebrate living in the most multicultural state in Australia and this year we’re on board with the proceedings.

Euraw Stories is all about fostering the cultural richness that comes with diversity and we jumped at the chance to celebrate it with everyone else.  For the occasion we are screening Open Cage, the story of a German photojournalist who travels to Serbia, where she connects with a refugee, Maja.

Book your tickets now. Don’t forget that if you buy a yearly pass, you can bring a friend to the screening for free.


Open Cage screens on March the 19th

Serbia 2015
Drama 1'06 min
Director: Sinisa Galic
Cast: Leni Wesselman, Jelena Rakocevic

Ana, a young photojournalist from Berlin, travels to Serbia to make a photo documentary about refugees.  Through the cabdriver Dzeki, she meets the distrustful but interesting young refugee Maja who works at a nearby fast food restaurant. Miserable with her life in Serbia, Maja dreams of a new beginning somewhere abroad. In an attempt to successfully finish her project, Ana starts photographing Maja, secretly making a documentary about her. Blinded by the wish to change her life, Maja doesn’t realise Ana’s true intentions.

Book tickets for this screening.

Screening at Performance Space at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands.

So who is Gyula Nemes?

A simple Google search reveals a daring director who has had a good share of industry awards and critics’ attention. But that’s not the whole story about Gyula Nemes.

A few films into his career, and Nemes is positioning himself as a rebel child of Hungarian cinema. In terms of his films, but also in terms of his views and statements.

He is no stranger to choosing hot issues to focus on. His short film The Lost World (was awarded at Karlovy Vart, Hamburg and Navarra) is a documentary about people living in houseboats and wooden houses, in danger of being evicted by investors. Nemes shot the 20 minutes doco over 10 years.

His latest film, Zero, released in 2015, imagines a near future where the imminent extinction of bees brings havoc among humans. It is an explosive experimental film, with a clear political agenda. As such, some scenes offended one of the funding bodies, the Hungarian Film Fund. Nemes had to concede to deleting them, but not without making it all public.

The incident, he confessed in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, paired with recent political developments, are making him reconsider his future as a filmmaker in Hungary.

‘I don’t want to live in a country where there is an Iron Curtain. I want to live in a free country,’ said Nemes to the Hollywood Reporter interviewer.

But you can hear straight from the horse’s mouth this Sunday when we’re screening his latest film Zero.  As the time different didn’t allow for a live interview, Sabi Paisa is preparing a Skype interview with Gyula Nemes which we will play for you.

So book your tickets for Zero through Sustainable Living Festival now, or buy a EuRaw Stories pass.

Cinema from Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans