“Doma”-In between Croatia and Macedonia

  “Doma”-In between Croatia and Macedonia The filming of the documentary Doma/At Home -a co-production between LOKOMOTIVA – Centre for New Initiative in Arts and Culture, Skopje and Spectrum, Zagreb- offers a different approach concerning realization and presentation of a cross-border cultural product. The established artists from Macedonia and Croatia, whose previous works have been noted within the institutional culture (awarded with international recognitions), cooperated on a project with financial resources similar to that of a music video, which has been conducted with rational, somewhat ‘guerilla-like’ strategy characteristic for independent cultural products. The issue of identity and ability to adapt in an environment which has grown distant from the place of characters’ origin is analyzed through the perspective of common people, whose individual destinies are by far more interesting than the way the viewer perceives them initially – as Macedonians in Croatia and Croats in Macedonia.

The relationship between Macedonia and Croatia is particular on many levels within both regional and global framework. Croats and Macedonians are the only two nations in former Yugoslavia who have managed to preserve good relationships, despite being separated by a physical barrier (the difficulty to travel through Serbia during the 90’s), and particularly despite their dominant religious, cultural and social orientations. However, due to the interruption in direct communication, the traditionally stable socio-cultural relationships have become sparse. This has particularly reflected on members of minorities – despite their representatives’ number being relatively large, and their relationships with locals being quite good, both minorities are considered marginal in the countries they reside in.

The film directed by Gorce Stavreski tells us the story of Darko, a young man fresh from high school, who leaves Skopje for economic reasons to move to the coastal town of Zadar in Croatia. There he discovers two fundamentally different concepts which indicate his future lifestyle definition – his affection to Christianity and martial arts. Whereas karate brings him success and recognition, the issue of religion is a bit difficult to master – after attending Catholic catechesis, the priest advises him to return to Macedonia and ‘serve to his people’. A series of administrative problems prevents him from entering an Orthodox seminary, eventually forcing him to return to Croatia, and become a member of Croatian special police force, following his other idol – Mirko Filipovic (Cro Cop), a martial artist specialized in ultimate fight.

Darko’s fate, as well as stories of other seven protagonists in the film, refers to many hot issues, such as age difference, sexual orientation, economic and professional realization of a person, comparison of life in huge urban centers to living in small towns, religion as a component of an identity, addiction to drugs as a symbol of deterioration, sports as a metaphor of physical stability and the feelings towards homeland ranging from nostalgia to pragmatism. These problems are typical for many national, religious and social groups, but this film offers an individual approach, dispersing towards a broader social context.

Of all the languages spoken in Balkan, the word “doma” is used only in Macedonian and Croatian. This is the very reason Lokomotiva chose this title for the film, hoping that this project would contribute to resolving the complicated issue of identity in contemporary society, and open new perspectives of cultural cooperation in the region.

“Doma”-In between Croatia and Macedonia ________________________________________________________________
Directed by GORCE STAVRESKI produced by DAVOR SPIROSKI and BOJAN STILIN script BOJAN STILIN, DAVOR SPIROSKI, DANIELA STILIN, KATARINA KARAKAS SPIROSKI, camera DIMO POPOV and JOSIP IVANCIC edited by DORIJAN MILOVANOVIC co-producer BILJANA TANUROVSKA executive producer DARKO POPOV assistant director IVAN RAMLJAK production assistant SLAVICA KORETIC sound IGOR POPOVSKI and DAMIR SIMUNOVIC visuals ZVONIMIR KORETIC.
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(22/05/2007)

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