Rapresent

country, year Rapresent
Serbia, 2008

genre
documentary

running time
33′

directed by
Ivana Todorović

language
Serbian

subtitles
English

synopsis
“Bojan (aka RAPRESENT) is an orphan in his late teens living on the streets of Belgrade. Graffiti art and hip hop present for him a means of escape from the harsh reality of homelessness and drug addiction that has become his life. He tells us his story over the discarded leftovers of a child’s birthday cake that he finds in a dumpster. Over the course of the film, this small gesture grows into something symbolic, namely a symbolic picture of lost childhood; not just Bojan’s, but of a generation that grew up in the shadow of the Yugoslav wars. Bojan died of a heroin overdose six months after the film was made. He was just 21 years old.The film is a memorial to Bojan Radanov and his generation as well as a testament to the soul’s yearning for a better life even in the midst of societal apathy, abandonment, and crippling addiction. “Rapresent” is Bojan’s story, told his way, and in the end is the heartbreaking record of a life cut too short too soon.” BOJAN RAPRESENT (29.05.1988-11.06.2009)

“A rare totally authentic, no nonsense documentary etude of the highest order about a young, self-destructive graffiti artists living in the streets of Belgrade, homeless, but never hungry; there is a heartbreaking thing or two to be learned about eating food from garbage containers and telling it with disarming honesty and yes, even charm, straight to the camera. Not to be missed!” – curator of SEEFest,LA

 

ivana todorovicabout the author

Ivana Todorovic is a social documentary filmmaker from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, today Serbia.
Ivana’s films are character driven and are informed by personal experiences of human instincts and modes of survival when dealing with trauma. Her intimate and emotional films tackle social issues such as gender and sexuality, homelessness, the education of Roma children in squatter settlements in Belgrade and youth gun violence in New York City.
Her films have won several awards and were screened at numerous international film festivals, including IFF Rotterdam, Traverse City Festival, Palm Springs IFF and were broadcast on The New York Times Made with Kickstarter series.
All of the films are geared toward promoting and producing social change and used in media campaigns, educational and NGO settings.
Apart from making films, Ivana works as a director and lecturer. She has recently directed an episode of Al Jazeera Balkans serial “ Everyday Life Hero” for pro.ba production from Sarajevo, and was a speaker at TEDxAUK and gives workshops at universities worldwide.
Ivana graduated from the Documentary Media Studies program at the New School in New York, holds a BA in Ethnology and Anthropology from University of Belgrade and has trained with the Paris-based Ateliers Varan. She was participant of New York Foundation for the Arts Imigrant Artist project 2010.

http://ivanatodorovic.com/#

 

festivals, awards (selection)

Premiere – London International Documentary Film Festival LIDF 2009; Best Serbian Documentary Film – International Festival of Ethnological Film 2009, Belgrade, Serbia; Best Story Film – FILM FOR PEACE Festival 2010, Italy; Canary Wharf Film Festival, London, UK; Rotterdam Film Festival.