An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Danis Tanović

Synopsis

Senada is 31 and she lives in old Roma neighborhood Poljice in central Bosnia with her partner Nazif and two daughters. She is pregnant with her third child for approximately five months. Since she does not have health insurance, she do not go to the doctor's – she does not have the money for the appointments. When she starts bleeding, she had to go to the Lukavac Health Center. After an ultrasound scan, a doctor in the Health Center concludes that Senada must urgently go to the City Hospital in Tuzla for an emergency surgery. But in the Hospital Nasif and Senada are given a number of the hospital's bank account with the request for payment of 500 EUR. They have no money, but the rules are rules. Without a health insurance card and money, Senada returns home.

For 10 days, Nazif is trying to save Senda's life the best he can.

director's statement

The film is a reconstruction of the real events and the intention behind the film is to show the discrimination minorities have to deal with in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Roma communities in particular.

I think it is necessary for the story to be recorded, not only to initiate discussions about our society in which all sorts of alienation and discrimination are omni-present, but to, through the emotional understanding of the victim's state, reach the moment when we all ask ourselves: What kind of people have we become?

Is it possible that fifteen years after the war – In which I was a witness of an unbelievable bravery and devotion every day, in which people risked their lives to help a stranger in need – today we live in a society that turns its head away from the socially underprivileged and behaves as if it cannot see the horror that surrounds us.

No system is inhumane as long as there are good people among us.

Danis Tanović
Director

Crew

director and screenwriter
producer
 
co-producer
director of photography
Erol Zubčević
editor
Timur Makarević
sound designer
Samir Fočo

Actors

Senada Alimanović
Sandra Mujić
Šemsa Mujić

Data

Year
2013
Genre
feature
Film format 
Canon EOS 5D 
Video format 
DCP / HDCAM 
Lenght 24fps 
74'09'' 
Length 25fps 
71'13'' 
Sound 
Dolby Digital SR-D 5.1 
aspect ratio 
16:9 
color 
barve 
language 
bosanski 
translation 
slovenski, english 
 
 

produced by

SCCA/pro.ba

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Bosna in Hercegovina


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