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A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault-line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.
Mila Turajlić is a documentary filmmaker from Belgrade, Serbia, whose film Cinema Komunisto premiered at IDFA and the Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to win 15 awards including top prize at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2011, and the FOCAL Award for Creative Use of Archival Footage. After obtaining a degree in Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, she specialised in documentary filmmaking at La Fémis in Paris and gained experience working on series for Discovery and ARTE, as well as fiction films (Apocalypto by Mel Gibson, Brothers Bloom by Rian Johnson). She is an alumna of EURODOC, Berlin Talent Campus, Discovery Campus, and teaches at Archidoc and the Balkan Documentary Center. Mila produces the Magnificent 7 Festival of European Documentary Films in Belgrade, and is a founder and the first president of DokSerbia.
Selected filmography: Cinema Komunisto (2011), The Other Side of Everything (2017)