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11 Ratings


Croatia, 2018


In the winter of 1991, a 12-year old Serbian girl was murdered in Zagreb. Quarter of century later director Oliver Frljić is working on a theatre play about the case. Rehearsals become a collective psychotherapy, and the 12-year old actress Nina feels as if the war had never ended.

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Srbenka Directed by Nebojša Slijepčević

Critics reviews

Can art make a difference to effect social change? It seems unclear, but the film does point to an immediate effect, in particular, a young actress who is moved to no longer hide her ethnic identity.
January 02, 2019
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Though Srbenka ends more abruptly than it might, the last shot of this young artist fleeing the scene of her brave testimony (and, in the same act, fleeing a camera almost too invested in tracking her) ranked among the festival’s most powerful finales.
November 01, 2018
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I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that it assumes its viewers possess a certain level of knowledge about the Croatian War of Independence. On one hand, it’s refreshing, if not humbling, to watch a documentary about a foreign conflict that doesn’t spoon-feed non-native viewers; on the other, it makes for a confusing film, albeit one that solicits further exploration into its compelling subject matter.
October 12, 2018
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