10/23 / FRIDAY / 6 pm / PRESS CENTRE
ROUND TABLE – Dangerous profession – discussion
about documentary journalism
moderator: Oliver Sertić
make documentaries or do serious research journalism today seems to be more
dangerous then ever. Not only in some to us unfamiliar Africas, Near Easts or
South Americas, in countries where it is not safe to travel, but also here
there is a considerable number of those who risk their own safety and the
safety of their families because of their profession. Every few months, news
comes from Russia about another journalist casualty. Just a month ago
French-Spanish director Christian Poveda was killed in El Salvador after the
premier of his documentary ‘La Vida Loca’ which we screen in documentary
competition at ZFF, the film made among dangerous Salvadorian gangs Mara 18’.
one year ago, in Zagreb centre, the editor in chief of the weekly Nacional, Ivo
Pukanić, was killed and a few moths earlier journalist Dušan Miljuš was beaten
up in front of his building.
the nineties on, many Croatian journalists and documentarists have been exposed
to threats because of the subjects they were interested in and for which they
thought that citizens should see or read about. Notwithstanding, most of them
stayed in the profession and continued to do what they do best even though it
would have been much easier and often more profitable if they had filmed coalas
or tropical flowers or written about restaurants and good vines.
will talk to six documentarists and journalists from Belgrade, Osijek and
Zagreb about what makes them do their job, why they do what they do and what
their experiences are like.