Reisverhalen - Belgrado - Bar

Vuk Janić Short documentary - 2002 - 50 min.

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In 1974, during the regime of Marshall Broz Tito, a railway track was built between Belgrade in Serbia and Bar in Montenegro. A connection between two fraternal nations, `two eyes in the same head', as the later Yugoslavian leader Slobodan Milosevic phrased it. But times changed: Milosevic was incarcerated in The Hague, arraigned by the Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, and Serbia and Montenegro signed a loose federation treaty which was to be the overture of a definitive separation, of which fierce advocates and opponents lived in both countries. Most travellers on the railway section, though, mainly wanted to survive economically. The film portrays two Montenegrin conductors, a Bosnian signalman and a smuggling gypsy. The track itself has already anticipated the dissolution: on the Serbian part of the section, only Serbian trains with Serbian conductors run nowadays, and across the border Montenegrin trains are manned by Montenegrins.

Credits

Director(s) Vuk Janić
Producer(s) Pieter van Huijstee
Production Company Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
Director of Photography
Nebojsa Basic
Editing
Boban Bajalica
Sound on Set
TV Company
Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands