Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Epizoda u životu berača željeza), 2013
Script and direction: Danis Tanović
Nazif searches daily for scrap metal while his partner Senada tends to their home and their two young daughters. A third baby is on the way. Something goes wrong and Senada starts to feel severe pain. She has had a miscarriage but is still carrying her dead fetus. Her condition is critical and Senada needs urgent medical attention. As she does not have health insurance, the hospital asks her for 500 euros, a fortune for the family. Senada is denied the crucial operation and is forced to return home.
Senada and Nazif play themselves in this semi-documentary reconstruction of a traumatic episode in their life.
The film and the conversation that follows will focus on the position of the Roma in the Balkans, and the themes of identity, racism and post-war problems in the region. The conversation will extend to Selma Selman’s current exhibition Crossing the Blue Bridge, which also addresses the difficult economic and political situation of the Roma in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Film Club is an initiative of the Cultural Administration in the Västra Götaland region, and aims to create heterogeneous places for film screenings and discussions. The program works at the intersection of different art fields, providing space for critical and in-depth conversations about moving images.
Sanjin Pejković is the film commissioner in the Västra Götaland region. He holds a PhD in Film Studies from Lund University. Pejković writes mainly for Swedish film and culture papers, but also for various international film magazines and journals. He collaborates with several film festivals in Scandinavia and the Balkans.