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No Man Is an Island

  • Documentary Film
  • 78’
  • s.d.
  • Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia

A documentary portrait of a group of people who had served in the Yugoslav National Army just a few years before the war in the ex-Yugoslavia started. They served a year on the island of Vis, at the time called “The Fortress of Adriatic” because of its strategic position and numerous military installations all over the island. Vis was one of the two Yugoslav islands that foreigners were forbidden

A documentary portrait of a group of people who had served in the Yugoslav National Army just a few years before the war in the ex-Yugoslavia started. They served a year on the island of Vis, at the time called “The Fortress of Adriatic” because of its strategic position and numerous military installations all over the island. Vis was one of the two Yugoslav islands that foreigners were forbidden to visit. In a very small military barracks on the edge of the island, far away from any civilization, bizarre things started to happen. Thirty years later, ten former soldiers from the same military barracks remember the events. They are of different nationalities – from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, to Montenegro – which will be at war with each other just a few years later. Their stories subtly reveal why it is no wonder that Yugoslavia as a country fell apart.

Director Igor Šterk
Director's statement

The Yugoslav National Army was at the heart of the problems when the war in Yugoslavia started in 1991. Two hundred thousand people died, millions were displaced as refugees, and an unimaginable trage

The Yugoslav National Army was at the heart of the problems when the war in Yugoslavia started in 1991. Two hundred thousand people died, millions were displaced as refugees, and an unimaginable tragedy unfolded. Just a few years earlier, absolutely no one had been able to foresee that Yugoslavia as a country could collapse in such a tragic and cruel way. But as this film subtly shows, it had all been there already: on a smaller scale inside the Army during the military service in 1987, four years before the war started. Madness, chaos, anarchy, hatred, nationalism – yes, all of it had already existed. A Rashomon-like story where people remember the same events very differently after thirty years.

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Alternative title
No Man Is an Island (english)
Production countries
Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia
Languages
slovenian
Technical data
Aspect ratio
1,77:1 (16:9)
Duration and length
78 minutes
Colour
Colour
Sound
5.1
Screening formats
digital DCP
Budget

All financial information is obtained from official sources. I.e. producers or organizations which provided the financial support.

Grants
26,000.00 EUR
public call / Production
2016

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