Logbook_Serbistan / Destinacija Serbistan

country, year
Serbia, 2015


running time

directed by
Želimir Žilnik

Serbian, Arabic, English, Somali, French

Slovene, English

Želimir Žilnik’s docu-drama, written in collaboration with his protagonists, follows the lives of refugees and migrants who are placed in asylum centres in Serbia after their dramatic journeys from war-torn and poverty-stricken areas of North Africa, Near and Middle East. Difficult travelling conditions, trafficking, human rights abuses – these are only some of the obstacles that refugees face on their long path to freedom. They go through a period of adaptation to life and social circumstances in Serbia but in most cases their goal is to reach one of the EU countries. Through the fates of individuals, the film traces the socio-political context in which the migrants find themselves.


 about the author
 Želimir Žilnik (born in Niš in 1942; currently living and working in Novi Sad) has written  and directed numerous feature and documentary films which have reaped many awards at  domestic and international film festivals. Žilnik is renowned as an initiator of the  “docudrama” genre. From the very beginning his films have focussed on contemporary  issues, featuring social, political and economic assessments of everyday life.
See more at http://www.zilnikzelimir.net/biography



festivals, awards

Best Feature Documentary, Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Feature Film, Serbia 2015; Makedox, Skopje 2015; Zagreb Dox, Croatia, 2015; DokuFest Prizren, Kosovo 2015; DocLisboa International Film Festival, Portugal 2015 …