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Shutka Book of Records

DIR: Aleksandar Manic
2005 / Czech Republic / 78 min

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Shutka is the largest Roma settlement in the Balkans. At least according to the words of a young local fisherman, who is the main protagonist of this documentary film, shot in co-production with Czech Television. The film is a guide through the streets of Shutka, where in every person we can find at least one national champion, or even world champion, regardless of what it is in. What is important is that each person believes in their uniqueness and others recognize it. In this ever-expanding society, space is made for competing religious representatives such as those participating in a Muslim dervish or the servants of God using the “medium” of Christian tradition. The local homosexual in his colourful wardrobe is no less respected that the greatest pair of lovers – prostitute Kasandra and the elderly Alfonso who enjoys walking around Shutka in a copy of Tito’s uniform. This Macedonian settlement, with its difficult-to-estimate population, also has its own music industry: from the recording studio to the workshop for music videos and even some big stars, who due to the active work of local music pirates must earn money in the old-fashioned way – at weddings, circumcision celebrities or funerals.

About

Director Aleksandar Manic
Screenplay Aleksandar Manić
Dir. of Photography Dominik Miškovský
Editing Ivana Davidová, Aleksandar Manić
Music
Sound Juraj Žák
Duration 78 min
Year 2005
Country Czech Republic
Colour Colour
Tags ethnic groups, poetic, social issues
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Festivals

2006: Audience Award - One ...

2006: Audience Award - One World 2006 - Czech Republic


2008: Audience Award - DoxBox, Damascus Documentary Film Festival


2007: Best Documentary - International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico


Grand Prix - International Festival of Documentary films, (Egypt), 2006


Award of French magazine Ciné Revue - International Festival of Documentary films, (Egypt), 2006


International Documentary Film Festival, Pärnu (Estonia), 2006


International Festival of documentary and anthropological films Verzió Film Fest, Budapest (Hungary), 2006


Grand Prix - International Festival of Films about Roma Zlatno Trkalo, Skopje (Macedonia), 2006 Blackbox, Berlin 2006


International Documentary Film Festival, Warsaw (Poland) 2006


Grand Prix - Eco Film Festival, Rhodos (Greece), 2006


International Documentary Film Festival Documenta, Madrid (Spain), 2006


Grand Prix in Category Film Documents - International Festival of Independent Films, Ourense (Spain), 2006


Trilobit Beroun 2005


Amnesty International Award - Ljubljana International Film Festival 2005


Critic’s Award for Best Feature Length Film - International Film Festival Golden Arena in Novi Sad (Serbia and Monte Negro) 2005


Amnesty International Film Award - LIFFE, 2005


Cinema Magazine Award - Association of Arab Film Critics, 2006


Audience Award - International Film Festival Golden Arena in Novi Sad (Serbia and Monte Negro) 2005


Audience Award - One World IDFF Prague, 2006


Audience Award - Doxbox Damascus International Documentary FF, 2008


2nd Audience Award - Docreview Warsaw IDFF, 2006


Golden Wheel Grand Prix for best international film about the Roma - Intl. Roma Film Festival, Skopje, 2006


Planete Doc Review, Poland 2010

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