In an apartment building in Belgrade during the 1940 years, the apartment of the highly educated and wealthy Turajlic family was split up to accommodate two more families. It was at the beginning of the Yugoslavia of the Communist Revolution. The doors between the part where the Turajlic family was allowed to continue living and the two nationalized thirds of the apartment have been locked and sealed for 70 years when Mila Turajlic's mother Srbljanka Turajlic – who was two years when the division and nationalization took place – decides to apply to get back the family's former property so that she can leave it to her children. In the historical space between these two events, the documentary plays out The Other Side of Everything themselves.
Lovely subjective frame. The door, which has been closed and locked, which is only reopened after three quarters of a century, forms beautiful "book supports" for history which – as the central motive suggests – takes place at the intersection of historical, personal and political. The documentary is a study of three distinct political and historical periods in Serbia at a time when the door in the middle of the apartment of Sbrljanka Turajlic was closed: the era in which Yugoslavia was a socialist federal republic, the period when the federation disintegrated, the rise of ethnic nationalism and the rule of Slobodan Milosevic , and finally today's Serbia, which at least in the name is believed to be heading towards a true multi-party democracy. As she explores the past of her mother, family, and country, Turajlic places herself safely in today's tradition with ever-increasing subjectivity in documentaries – which have, for the most part, been mostly embraced by female documentaries.
Life and social history. The director's approach seems very reasonable: The Other Side of Everything is as much a story of her mother's life as it is of social, historical and political unrest in former Yugoslavia and today's Serbia.
As she examines the past of her mother, family and country, Turajlic places herself safely in today's tradition of subjectivity in the documentaries.
Srbljanka Turajlic is currently a retired professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade. She was one of the leading figures in the struggle for democracy in Serbia and an active member of the national movement Otpor! ("Resistance!") – a civilian protest group that led the non-violent struggle against the Milosevic-controlled. . .
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