Maker

HOW TO MAKE A FILM,

WITHOUT MONEY,

WHILE BEING

BOMBED

Being a political idiot has its advantages.

By Jasmina Tesanovic

Back in 1999, while my hometown of Belgrade was being blown up by 19 different countries, I was writing and uploading a diary. One day, a producer from German national TV phoned me. She’d been reading my online journal (Diary of a Political Idiot) and thought it might make a good film.

Unfortunately, since her country was so busy bombing mine, she couldn’t give me any practical help. However, she thought that if my film somehow got made, she could promote and distribute it, and show it at film festivals.

Immediately, I said yes! What a great occasion to make a meaningful European art film, without those tiresome commercial ...

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