Šišanje / Skinning : Director Had ‘Moral Responsibility’ To Make Movie

11 February, 2011 Culture, News No comments

Stevan Filipovic Marcus AgarFor his second outing as a director, Stevan Filipović has produced an astonishing film addressing Serbia’s issues of ultra-nationalism, alleged church corruption, and society’s lack of accountability – a state he claims he had ‘a moral responsibility to explore and explain‘.

On release in Serbia, the public voted with their feet.  In less than a month,Šišanje (English title:Skinningattracted an audience of 44,000, making it one of the country’s most popular recent films. 

Filipović says it is a film that would have been impossible to make even a decade ago, and unimaginable under the Milosovic regime. Even now, it has struck a raw nerve in Serbia where the crew received threats of violence from ultra nationalist groups, the premiere was heavily policed, and right-wingers called it criminal and anti-patriotic.

What cannot be faulted is that this provocative and uncompromising film has achieved something rare:  it has held up a mirror and generated healthy and sometimes heated debate.  After a private screening at the British Parliament, as part of Serbian Week in Great Britain and attended by the Serbian Ambassador, the film and its context again raised a spirited debate among the Serbian diaspora

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