The 11th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival – ZagrebDox, which will take place from 22 February to 1 March 2015 at Cineplexx Kaptol Centre in the Croatian capital, will feature a number of controversial films…
Provocative and controversial titles not to be missed at this year’s ZagrebDox include ‘Tito’s Murder Squads’, ‘The Serbian Lawyer’, ‘Killswitch’, and ‘Hope on the Line’.
ZagrebDox official State of Affairs programme questions some of the most important issues and controversies of today and one of those is the film Hope on the Line by Alexandre Papanicolaou and Emilie Yannoukou, which introduces us up close and personal to the president of Syriza and new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The directors follow Tsipras during one year, from the turning point elections in 2012, when the radical leftist coalition became the second largest Greek party, to June 2013, when the former Greek government terminated the public TV broadcaster ERT. We see Tsipras’s personality, political views and ambitions, relations in the party, and we learn about structuring a strategy and different future of the country in economic collapse.
Also on the must-watch list are Killswitch by Ali Akbarzadeh, a film which speaks about control over the Internet, whose heroes are the prematurely dead hacktivist and information freedom fighter Aaron Swartz and whistle-blower Edward Snowden, and the provocative The Price We Pay by Harold Crooks explores the sources, damaging consequences and complex moral issues of corporate tax evasion, from the birth of the tax oasis concept in London’s banking circles of the 1950 until today, when half of the world’s money reserve is kept out of reach of state treasuries.
The Controversial Dox section, among others, features Tito’s Murder Squads by German filmmakers Philipp Grüll and Frank Hofmann, who explored a theme pretty familiar to the Croatian public: the elimination of Croatian immigrants in Germany, with a special focus on the murder of Stjepan Đureković and the consequential trial of Josip Perković and Zdravko Mustač. We are also familiar with the subject of The Serbian Lawyer by Aleksandar Nikolić, expounding the moral dilemmas of Marko Sladojević, one of the key persons in Radovan Karadžić’s defence team.