Šišanje / Skinning : A Serbian Film Worth Watching

Skinning (Srb: Šišanje) tells of high-achieving Belgrade student Novica (Nikola Rakocević), and how he falls under the spell of far right extremism to set off an horrific chain of events. From Serbian director Stevan Filipović, this is a strong film that sticks with you long after the impact of the end credits and their victims roll call.

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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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