An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker  {Epizoda u životu beraca željeza}
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An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Epizoda u životu beraca željeza
Bosnia, 2013, 74 Minute Running Time
Topic: Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Bosnian English Sub-Titles

As matter-of-fact as its mouthful of a title, this touching social-realist drama offers a modest, low-key glimpse into the struggles of an impoverished Roma family.

Recreating a shocking instance of discrimination using the very people who experienced it, director Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land) employs handheld camera and real locations, marking a stylistic return to his roots as a documentary filmmaker during the war.

The Mujic family – father Nazif, mother Senada and lively young daughters – live in a Roma shantytown in the Tuzla region of Bosnia-Herzegovina, far from the conveniences of the city. Nazif ekes out a precarious living by collecting scrap metal for recycling. Senada minds their home and the girls. Although Nazif fought in the trenches for four years during the Balkan war, he has no government pension, child benefit or health insurance for his family. When Senada suffers a miscarriage, the hospital refuses to perform the prescribed surgery unless Nazif pays what amounts to an unobtainable fortune for an iron picker. With Senada’s life at risk Nazif tries every means possible to facilitate the operation.

Winner: Jury Grand Prize, Best Actor, Berlin Film Festival; Freedom Award, Best Feature, Jerusalem Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Danis Tanovic
Producer: Amra Baksic Camo, Cédomir Kolar, Danijel Hocevar
Editor: Timur Makarevic
Screenwriter: Danis Tanovic
Cinematographer: Erol Zubcevic
Music: Samir Foco
Principal Cast: Nazif Mujic, Senada Alimanovic, Semsa Mujic, Sandra Mujic
Filmography: Cirkus Columbia (2010)
Triage (2009)
L'enfer (2005)
No Man’s Land (2001)

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