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The Other Side of Everything

  • Directed by Mila Turajlić
  • Serbia/France/Qatar, 2017, 100 mins., Serbian

Turajlić’s probing documentary is part portrait of her mother, the dissident academic Srbijanka Turajlić, and part portrait of a country torn apart by totalitarian politics following the rise and fall of Slobodan Milošević (and, subsequently, the state of Yugoslavia). Taking a unique formal approach, the younger Turajlić inquires into the history of the family’s well-appointed Belgrade apartment, forcibly split up among several families upon the 1943 formation of Yugoslavia. With the apartment serving as a metaphor for the history of the state, but also attending to a subtle, generational political divide, the film is a fascinating glimpse into a country that has undergone massive transformations since the fall of the Soviet bloc and continues to be roiled by uncertainty today. “Mixes the personal and the political to engrossing effect…honors Srbijanka’s legacy of activism and brings her spirit of honor and responsibility to a new generation and a wider audience.”—Alissa Simon, Variety.

A Voices in Action film.

Genres: Documentary