The Women are Coming

Technical data

16mm, black and white


This documentary was shot on a train between Münich and Belgrade during the Christmas season in December 1971. The crew sees very few men and many women who are on their leave and are going home for the holidays. From their interviews we find out that many of them support their families: their husbands – farmers remained at farms to grow crops and cattle. They have no qualifications so they cannot find work in Germany. And women, providing services, working as waitresses, cleaning ladies, baby sitters – make sure that income is secured for the households, take home technical novelties and news from the world.


Written and directed by: Želimir Žilnik
Camera: Dušan Ninkov

Production: Neoplanta film, Novi Sad