One Woman – One Century

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This is a documentary film based on statements, interviews and reconstruction. The life story of Dragica Srzentić casts the light on a number of events and persons relevant for Yugoslav history before and after World War II. The look at a century-long life of a woman-hero gives us an insight into the rarely mentioned segments of ex-Yugoslav intellectual and ideological maze of the eight states in which this Istrian-born woman has lived (Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Italy, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, NDH, FNRJ, SFRJ, Croatia, Serbia).

In view of Dragica Srzentić’s experiences as a member of the Yugoslav resistance during the Nazi occupation, her frequent uttered remark is more than a comment on her own longevity. One woman – one century: a personal account inseparable from the turbulent history of Eastern Europe during World War Two and the aftermath. The interviewee went underground, fled, got arrested and tortured, cheated death more than once. Yet her words resonate with humor and dignity rather than anger or sadness. Želimir Žilnik gives Srzentić’s stories time, supplementing them with footage of his subject’s journey to a parade in Moscow or inserting animated sequences that underscore her achievements.



Written and directed by: Želimir Žilnik
Camera: Miodrag Milošević
Edited by: Vuk Vukmirović
Animation: Aleksandar Rot, Aleksandar Ilić
Sound design: Filip Vlatković
Producer: Sarita Matijević

With: Dragica Vitolović Srzentić, Ljiljana Đakonović, Dražen Vitolović, Dario Vitolović, Ondina Vitolović, Davor Lukas, Đulijano Vivoda, Marsel Žigante, Ines Akvavita, Ivanka Bošnjak, Josip Petranović

Production: Playground produkcija, Novi Sad