Public Engagement


Doc Talk: Activist & Filmmaker Zelimir Zilnik

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Room 1204 2 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011

This Doc Talk will feature a screening and Q&A with activist and filmmaker Zelimir Zilnik.

Zelimir Zilnik is a renowned filmmaker from Novi Sad in the former Yugoslavia who practices a form of verite catalyst film making intended to provoke both audiences and governments. Since the mid-1960s, he has pursued a socially engaged, activist cinema that questions the political status quo in Europe and his native post-Yugoslav homeland. Says film scholar Pavle Levi: “There is probably no filmmaker who has explored the dynamics of postwar European politics, economy and culture with more persistence and rigor than he has.” In more than 80 films Zilnik has tested the limits of genre by working in a variety of forms: documentary, fiction and docu-fiction. He is an early pioneer of docudrama or what is now termed ‘hybrid documentary’, often blending actuality, comedy and dramatic narrative. His subjects and themes span the gamut of contemporary European history: nationalism, border politics, poverty, immigrant communities in Western Europe, and the legacy of socialism. For this Doc Talk his program includes:

Uprising in Jazak (18 min., 1973) A village remembers how it opposed occupying forces in WWII. 

Kenedi Goes Back Home (75 min., 2003) The consequences of European Union for economic migrants.

Fortress Europe (80 min. 2000, excerpt) Border communities in the new Europe.

This event is only open to the School of Media Studies students.

Sponsored by The School of Media Studies

Event Type

Film and Media Screenings




Media and Technology, Humanity, Society, Social Justice


School of Media Studies, Schools of Public Engagement


Social Justice, Documentaries, Global Studies and Migration


Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come, first-served

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