After 15 years of exile in London, director Duska Zagorac returns to Bosnia to find a sizeable Chinese community settled in her homeland. Like a mirror image of Bosnia’s past population, the new inhabitants are struggling to define their identity. Combining first person narrative and observational documentary, PATRIA is an intimate portrait of people and the city suspended in time; between war and peace, socialism and capitalism, paradox and tradition.
I started off by making a film about the Chinese in Bosnia but in the process realized I was also making a film about the Bosnians in exile. At the same time, I found myself a mere observer of the new Bosnia, a society I no longer belonged to. So PATRIA MIA became a letter to my lost country.
“A very funny and likeable documentary” “Terrific Characters” Wendy Ide, The Times
“No documentary this year beguiled me more than this revelatory and quietly lyrical portrait of the sizeable Chinese population living in Bosnia.“ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"The Best of 2008 - 50 critics, 150 films” International critics selection, Sight and Sound, BFI
Le donne raccontano Best Documentary, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Milan
festivals and screenings (selection)
Sheffield Doc/Fest Sarajevo Film Festival European Independent Film Festival One World Film Festival Let's SEE FF, Vienna Tribeca BFF Chicago BFF Balkan Days New York (best Balkan films of the past 10 years) Tisch, NYU
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