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Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

Cedomir Kolar (Producer)
Amra Bakšić Camo (Producer)
Nazif Mujić (Actor)
Danis Tanović (Director)
Senada Alimanović (Actress)
Niki Nikitin (Moderation)

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A Roma family living far away from the urban centres of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The father Nazif salvages metal from old cars and sells it to a scrap-dealer. The mother Senada keeps the house tidy, cooks, bakes and cares for their two small daughters. One day, she feels a sharp pain in her abdomen. At the clinic she is told there is something wrong with the baby she is carrying: "They say it’s dead." She is at risk of septicaemia and they must operate immediately. But Senada has no medical insurance; since the operation will cost much more than the family can afford the hospital’s head refuses to treat her. A race against time and Senada’s mounting sense of hopelessness begins …
Danis Tanović weaves these dramatic events, his protagonists’ economic hardship and fear of death into a wintery tale. The fact that the non-professional cast are re-enacting an episode from their own lives contributes greatly to the film’s sense of authenticity and social realism. At the same time, the film demonstrates one Roma family’s extraordinary courage and unerring will to survive.

Bosnia and Herzegovina / France / Slovenia 2013, 75 min


Danis Tanovic


Senada Alimanovic
Nazif Mujic
Sandra Mujic
Semsa Mujic

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