The Blockade

Direction
Year
2012
Country
  • Croatia
Duration
93min

The Blockade is a unique view from within one of the most turbulently political student protests in Croatia since 1971. These protests started in April 2009 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. The struggle is against the commercialisation of education resulting in the blockade of classrooms to prevent teaching, which lasted for thirty-four days. The rebellion spread onto more than twenty faculties across the country and the students became an active and potent political subject. The director followed these events: from the exhilarating preparation meetings and blocking of classes, to the first signs of exhaustion, through personal situations and discussions late at night, from the initial support of most faculty members to the moment they turned their back to the movement, and the attempt to reach the missing minister of education. The film shows that the blockade was not just a physical border but had and has deep social and political significance.

Details

  • Original title
    Blokada
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Igor Bezinović
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Đuro Gavran, Eva Kraljević, Igor Bezinović, Haris Berbić
  • Editing
    Hrvoslava Brkušić, Maida Srabović, Miro Manojlović
  • Music
    Zli bubnjari, Antenat, Ibrica Jusić, Naš mali Afro bend, Tigrova mast, Idoli
  • Sound
    Vladimir Božić, Milan Čekić
  • Duration
    93 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2012
  • Country
    • Croatia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • ZAGREBDOX 2012, Zagreb, Croatia
    • CROATIAN FILM DAYS 2012, Zagreb, Croatia
    • MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL SPLIT 2012, Split, Croatia
    • UNDERHILLFEST 2012, Podgorica, Montenegro
    • MAKEDOX 2012, Skopje, Macedonia
    • DOKUFEST 2012, Prizren, Kosovo
    • LIBURNIA FILM FESTIVAL 2012, Ičići, Croatia
    • INTERNATIONAL 1001 DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
    • JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FF 2012, Jihlava, Czech Republic
    • DOK LEIPZIG 2012, Leipzig, Germany
    • FREEZONE FESTIVAL 2012, Belgrade, Serbia
    • VERZIO INTL. HRFF 2012, Budapest, Hungary
    • POREČ DOX 2012, Poreč, Croatia
    • BALKAN FLORENCE EXPRESS 2012, Florence, Italy
    • AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2013, Palm Springs, CA, USA
    • PLANETE + DOCFILM FESTIVAL 2013, Warszaw, Poland
    • MEDFILMFEST 2013, Rome, Italy
    • MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2013, Široki Brijeg, Bosnia & Herzegovina
    • CINEMA CITY 2013, Novi Sad, Serbia
    • TV FEST 2013, Bar, Montenegro
    • THIS HUMAN WORLD 2013, Vienna, Austria
    • WHICH HUMAN RIGHTS? FILM FESTIVAL 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
    • BALKANET FESTIVAL 2014, Munchen, Germany
    • ZAGREBDOX 2014, Zagreb, Croatia
    • TARTU WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2014, Tartu, Estonia
    • HONG KONG SOCIAL MOVEMENT FILM FESTIVAL 2017, Hong Kong
  • Awards
    • JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2012, Jihlava, Czech Republic - special mention
    • UNDERHILLFEST 2012, Podgorica, Montenegro - special mention
    • CROATIAN FILM DAYS 2012, Zagreb, Croatia - 'Oktavijan', film critic's award for the best documentary
    • CROATIAN FILM DAYS 2012, Zagreb, Croatia - audience award

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