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Twenty-five years after Croatian War of Independence, the surviving women have not healed. The justice system is slow, the legal process of fact-finding is agonizing and government support largely translates into tranquilizers and silence. Many families still live near the very men who raped and tortured them, and surrounded by trauma, they exist in the past, unable to move forward. Katica, Ana and Marija attend a pioneering program that invites both Serbian and Croatian women to try deep, reformative personal therapy together. Intimate cameras witness them examining photos of themselves before the war and skeptically trying physical touch exercises. Frictions within the group erupt along cultural lines, reinforcing past pain, but this is precisely what is required to cultivate acceptance and peace. For three years, they share their most private, damaging thoughts and by virtue of their own courage transform from collateral damage of an old war to more empowered women living today. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Vedrana Pribacic
  • Producer(s)

    • Mirta Puhlovski
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Mirta Puhlovski
  • Writer(s)

    • Mirta Puhlovski
    • Vedrana Pribacic
  • Editor(s)

    • Marta Broz
  • Cinematography

    • Dario Hacek
    • Dinka Radonic
  • Composer

    • Cipkice
    • Eivør Pálsdóttir
  • Music

    • Mirta Puhlovski
  • Sound

    • Dario Domitrovic
    • Tihomir Vrbanec
    • Frano Homen

Promotional Partners

The Changing Face of Europe presented in partnership with

European Film Promotion

Community Partner: Workman Arts

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