Zelimir Zilnik was born in 1942 and lives in Novi Sad, Serbia. From the late '60s, his socially engaged films and documentaries in former Yugoslavia and his unique visual style earned him critical accolades, but also censorship in the '70s for his unflinching criticism of the government apparatus. Since the 1980s, he has been developing his unique docu-drama language, which he used throughout 1990s to reflect on political tensions in the Balkans. Since the 2000s, his focus has shifted beyond the divided Balkans to question its relationship with the tightening controls of European borders, delving into the heart of issues of refugees and migrants.
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