I was born in 1961 in Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I followed domestic and
foreign cinematography and filmmaking since high school and joined the Zenica
cinema club called "Nedeljko Radić". I started making my own amateur films
which found some success and I even received the title of Master of Amateur
I then moved to Prague to study FAMU and worked on all major television
stations there mostly directing publicist and entertainment shows and authored
Television and filmmaking have been my passions pretty much my whole life.
There are 7100 remainings of Serbian soldiers and civilians from the First World War in the Jindřichovice mausoleum (Czech Republic). There aren't many people in Czechia or Serbia that know about it. Only a few historians. That was my main motivation to make the documentary called Seven Thousand Souls. I've been planning it for many years as I live pretty close to the mausoleum and know about it for some time and it's a subject really close to my heart.
First, it took about two months to colorise about 100 of black and white authentic photographs and to create 3D animations. There were exactly 14 days of shooting. Working with actors has been kind of a new and huge experience for me as I have never before worked with such a big and diverse group of actors. For example it includes the likes of Lordan Zafranović (world famous Croatian director), Jelena Ćirić (famous Serbian poetess) and Srdjan Jablanović (an orthodox priest). The Serbian version was narrated by a very popular Serbian actor Tihomir Stanić, the Czech one by Jan Kačer - an established Czech actor and director.
The film had its TV premiere on the orthodox holiday called Vidovdan, 28.6.2020. Two hours prior we had a preview in Karlovy Vary for sponsors, friends and the guest of liturgy in the Jindřichovice mausoleum which is held there every year on this very day.
The people were ecstatic, the projection had an amazing atmosphere, lot of emotions and a huge applause. I was really touched with the reaction. The film was also really well accepted abroad as it already won around 30 awards from all over the globe.
The next documentary film I'm planning is also focusing on the First World War and it will talk about the female heroes of it on the Serbian territory. However, not all of them are Serbian - there are Louise Paget & Dr. Elise Inglish from England, Oliv Kelso King from Australia or Flora Sandes from Scotland. From the Serbian heroes we will introduce Milunka Savić, Nadežda Petrović, Natalija Bjelajac, Sofija Jovanić and more. I'm hoping I'll be able to show you the movie at one of the upcoming festivals!