The East Silver Award given by the Institute of Documentary Film goes to Flotacija (dir. Eluned Zoë Aiano & Aleksandra Tatić). The winner was selected from Beldocs in Progress projects. Flotacija will receive the festival distribution support for one year, starting after its completion. Through East Silver Caravan it will be submitted to international film festivals and the Institute of Documentary Film will help with the overall festival strategy.
The statement reads: "The film explores the conflicts between nature/tradition and industry/modernity with a high level of cinematic language and a rich narrative that bridges past and present."
Directors Eluned Zoë Aiano, Aleksandra Tatić
As the bright colours from the glory days of the 1960s slowly fade in Majdanpek, Eastern Serbia, the only thing that hasn’t changed is the dominance of the local copper mine. Both a giver and taker of life, the mine is central to the local industry but a major threat to the local culture, as it spews out layers of toxic dust over the plants used for traditional medicine and magic spells.
Original language: Serbian
Length: 75 min
Expected date of delivery: 01/2023
Production company: Wild Pears Arts