Lingering grief, anger and impo­tence play an impor­tant role in the lives of Maja Bradaric’ friends. On 17 November 2003, this 16-year-old girl is stran­gled in a car, set on fire and discarded in a nature reserve near Nijmegen. The offenders are three boys from her circle of friends. In Sweety, director Menna Laura Meijer talks to Bradaric’ friends, bar the inflic­tors, four years after the facts. Based on their miscel­la­neous recol­lec­tions, the film grad­u­ally unfolds how the incon­ceiv­able murder could take place. Maja’s best friend Nina — convicted of fore­knowl­edge of the murder — for the first time explains how she could miss all the signs by her friend and chief offender Goran M. The other friends can still hardly grasp why their cheerful and confi­dent friend died such a grue­some death. In the inter­views, the perplexity is written all over their faces. A recon­struc­tion, threat­ening images of trees and ominous skies and news­cast images complete their story.


Executive producer
Production Design
Set geluid
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
Distributor NL
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Sweety: The Friends, Betrayal and Murder of Maja Bradaric
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 32 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2009

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