Epizoda u životu berača željeza

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

  • Fiction Film
  • 75’
drama
  • 2013
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Slovenia

Senada is 31 and she lives in old Roma neighborhood Poljice in central Bosnia with her partner Nazif and two daughters. She is approximately five months pregnant with her third child. Since she does not have health insurance, she does not go to the doctor – she does not have the money for the appointments. When she starts bleeding, she goes to the health center. After an ultrasound scan, a doctor

Senada is 31 and she lives in old Roma neighborhood Poljice in central Bosnia with her partner Nazif and two daughters. She is approximately five months pregnant with her third child. Since she does not have health insurance, she does not go to the doctor – she does not have the money for the appointments. When she starts bleeding, she goes to the health center. After an ultrasound scan, a doctor concludes that Senada must urgently go to the City Hospital in Tuzla for an emergency surgery. But in the Hospital Nasif and Senada are given the hospital's bank account number with the request for payment of 500 EUR. They have no money, but rules are rules. Without a health insurance card and money, Senada returns home. They have no one to borrow the money from and nothing to sell. For 10 days, Nazif is trying to save Senda's life the best he can. When Senada's health gets worse, they go to the hospital again. But once more, they are not admitted. They try to arrange a delayed payment, but there is no use. On the tenth day, with a sister-in-law's health insurance card, in the Doboj Hospital, Senada is saved in the nick of time.

Director Danis Tanović
Cast Senada Alimanović, Nazif Mujić, Sandra Mujić
Awards 3 awards and 1 nomination
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Special Mention
jury prize
2013

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

For spotlighting people who are often invisible, and portraying their dignity, resilience, and invincible will to live.

Nominations
Premiere
13.02.2013, Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
Alternative title
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (english)
Epizoda v življenju zbiralca železa (slovenian)
Genres
drama
Production countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Slovenia
Languages
bosnian, romani
Technical data
Aspect ratio
1,77:1 // 16:9
Duration and length
75 minutes
Colour
Colour
Sound
stereo

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