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Newsreel 242 – Sunny Railways

Newsreel 242 – Sunny Railways

Obzornik 242 – Sunčane pruge
Nika Autor
Slovenia
2023
31 min
International Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
Synopsis

In Yugoslavia in 1947, 211,000 of the country’s young people, joined by 5,735 from abroad, worked with great enthusiasm building the 242 kilometer railroad between Sarajevo and Šamac. A newsreel from the period shows them toiling away with spades, pickaxes and shovels to complete the job in just seven months. Newsreel 242—Sunny Railways is both a tribute to these idealistic young people and an elegy for the loss of hope for a better world.

“The visions of the future suffocated in the rivers of blood and mass graves,” we hear in voice-over, referring to the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia and to a broader context. The railroad, laid over the rubble of the Second World War, damaged during the Bosnian war, and neglected in the new millennium now looks like the ruins of some ancient civilization.

This documentary essay argues that the story of the railroad harbors enduring ideas for a world beyond capitalism, and that we must rediscover the values of times past.

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Credits
31 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Bosnian
Director
    Nika Autor
    Nika Autor
Production
    Nika Autor for Newsreel Front
    Nika Autor for Newsreel Front
Co-production
    Jerca Jerič for Temporama,
    Andraž Jerič for Temporama
    Jerca Jerič for Temporama,
    Andraž Jerič for Temporama
Cinematography
    Jošt Franko
    Jošt Franko
Editing
    Nika Autor
    Nika Autor
Music
    Matevž Kolenc
    Matevž Kolenc
Narration
    Olga Dimitirjević
    Olga Dimitirjević
Narrator
    Lana Čmajčanin
    Lana Čmajčanin
Screening copy
    Temporama
    Temporama

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