Scene from the film On the Water
Scene from the film On the Water
Scene from the film On the Water
Scene from the film On the Water
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On the Water

  • Croatia
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Rivers may be simple geographical entities. But beyond that they are eloquent micro-milieus where history and stories have accumulated. The rivers Save, Kupa and Odra flow through the centre of the Croatian industrial town of Sisak. They were and are the lifelines of the city and the region. The rivers may appear like pastoral havens today, but the countless narratives of the past emerge more openly there than anywhere else.

Most of the river dwellers’ and users’ lives around which Goran Dević structures his film are linked to the events of the Yugoslavian civil war and its ethnic and social conflicts. Even though it was more than two and a half decades ago, this historic period seems like a parallel reality which throws its shadows over the protagonists like a permanent trauma. “On the Water” is a poetic and political study about the changeability and constancy of people and spaces in which the dividing line between the two is permanently blurred.


  • Original title
    Na vodi
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Goran Dević
  • DOP
    Damian Nenadić
  • Editing
    Jan Klemsche, Vanja Siruček
  • Sound
    Martin Semenčić
  • Duration
    79 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Croatia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • DocAviv – Telaviv 2019
    • Freiburger film forum 2019
    • DokuFest Kosovo 2019
    • UnderhillFest, Montenegro 2019
    • Free Zone FF, Serbia 2019
    • DOK Leipzig 2018
  • Awards
    • DOK Leipzig 2018, Honorable Mention
    • UnderhillFest 2019, Special Jury Mention is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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