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A documentary by Andrea Staka, 60 min.
2000 (Original format: 35mm)
A close-up look at five New York women. They are painters, musicians and actresses who are talented, self-confident and beautiful. In addition to their friendship, what unites them is their common homeland: the former Yugoslavia. Seen from a distance, far away from wartime occurrences, a surprisingly different perspective offers itself to the viewer.
Mira, Milica, Sandra, Vesna and Danijela belong to a generation of young people from Belgrade who left the country long before war broke out in former Yugoslavia in order to fulfill their dreams abroad. They left a country that no longer exists. Memories of their old homeland and adjustment to their new lives constantly occupy their thoughts.
From a personal and subjective viewpoint, filmmaker Andrea Staka depicts in YUGODIVAS stories that shift between everyday life, stage, painting and music. With images that are gripping and at the same time empathetic, the film sensitively approaches the subject matter of the artists and their work. Personal memories and reflections stand in for the flood of media reports.
born in 1973, completed her MFA in Zurich, Switzerland. She has made various short films and documentaries that featured at film festivals such as Sundance and Locarno and have won numerous awards. Andrea Staka lives and works in New York.
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