Dragoslava has four TV sets, three grandchildren, two best friends, and a husband with whom she fights over a remote control. She has lived in five countries without ever moving from her flat in a small borderline town. The media and politics creep into the family intimacy but she reflects about it with humor and determination. For the kids, she invents real life stories instead of fairy tales and keeps her desire to see a future of hope. Our every single gesture, from getting up in the morning onward, is an act of responsibility which starts to change the world.
Many have lost the hope of using their voice to change something. We lost interest in politics and allowed lethargy to overtake us, in which the values and collective responsibility are evaporating. Authoritarian systems based on thoughtlesness – with citizens and authorities alike – have taken their chance and returned to the stage.
I was looking for is an intimistic story to deal with issues which have troubled me over the last several years: the failure of the post-war era in the ex-Yugoslavia region; the abuse of the mechanisms of democracy in order to establish new dictatorships; the ever-rising confusion and discrepancy between the current political actualities in media and the bare reality we live in; the tendency of ordinary people to obey orders and conform to mass opinion without a critical evaluation of the consequences of their actions and inaction. These are the issues relevant not only for the region, but the rest of Europe, as well as numerous other societies.
The heroine of the film, Dragoslava, is more authentic and responsible than our self-centered intelectual elite, which is distorted from reality, missing the opportunity to inspire deep and permanent social change. Through her character, I tried to discover where exactly lies the initial impulse of civilian and political action: the bare minimum which is necessary for the healing process to begin.
Considering the fact that responsibility rooted in everyday gestures, is a political category, I found this (un)ordinary woman interesting; she lives an apparently normal life, in no extreme situation, with a roof over her head, yet completely aware of ongoing tragic socio-political processes and with a sincere question in mind: In what way could the chain of events be stopped, and future generations offered a meaningful, more dignified life.
Afer graduating Art History at the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium, Biljana Tutorov studied Film Anthropology at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, and Ethnographic Film with Jean Rouch. In parallel, she studied Drama at Ecole Internationale de Thêatre Jacque Lecoq in Paris. Biljana is the author of several video installations, short, feature and documentary films, video works and performances. In 2010 she founded an independent film production, Wake Up Films, with an idea to conceptualize and produce creative documentaries, animation and fiction films. Biljana works as the Regional competition programmer for the Free Zone Film Festival in Belgrade. She is a member of the EDN, EWA and EURODOC.
WAKE UP Films is an independent production company founded in 2010. in Novi Sad, Serbia by Biljana Tutorov, art historian, director and producer. Its predominant activity is the production of films, audio-visual and TV program and co-productions. With a passion, WAKE UP Films defends stories that question our humanity and our deep sense of being. There are several cross-media and documentary TV films in the WAKE UP Film’s awakening hub which developed through: ROUGH CUT BOUTIQUE/Cinelink 2011; Lisbon Docs; Tank 2014 – East Doc Platform; Pitching du Reel; Cross Video Days 2014; Inspiration Forum Jihlava; Doc@Work/Festival dei Popoli 2014; Re-Act, Visions du Reel 2015; Zagreb Dox Pro 2016; EURODOC 2016; BDC Discoveries 2016, EURODOC 2017, Paris Doc 2017 etc.