Shutka Book of Records

  • Czech Republic
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Shutka is the largest Roma settlement in the Balkans. At least according to the words of a young local fisherman, who is the main protagonist of this documentary film, shot in co-production with Czech Television. The film is a guide through the streets of Shutka, where in every person we can find at least one national champion, or even world champion, regardless of what it is in. What is important is that each person believes in their uniqueness and others recognize it. In this ever-expanding society, space is made for competing religious representatives such as those participating in a Muslim dervish or the servants of God using the “medium” of Christian tradition. The local homosexual in his colourful wardrobe is no less respected that the greatest pair of lovers – prostitute Kasandra and the elderly Alfonso who enjoys walking around Shutka in a copy of Tito’s uniform. This Macedonian settlement, with its difficult-to-estimate population, also has its own music industry: from the recording studio to the workshop for music videos and even some big stars, who due to the active work of local music pirates must earn money in the old-fashioned way – at weddings, circumcision celebrities or funerals.


  • Original Title
    Shutka Book of Records
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Aleksandar Manić
  • Cinematography
    Dominik Miškovský
  • Editing
    Ivana Davidová, Aleksandar Manić
  • Sound
    Juraj Žák
  • Runtime
    78 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • 2006: Audience Award - One World 2006 - Czech Republic
    • Grand Prix - International Festival of Documentary films, (Egypt), 2006
    • Award of French magazine Ciné Revue - International Festival of Documentary films, (Egypt), 2006
    • International Documentary Film Festival, Pärnu (Estonia), 2006
    • International Festival of documentary and anthropological films Verzió Film Fest, Budapest (Hungary), 2006
    • Grand Prix - International Festival of Films about Roma Zlatno Trkalo, Skopje (Macedonia), 2006
    • Blackbox, Berlin 2006
    • International Documentary Film Festival, Warsaw (Poland) 2006
    • Grand Prix - Eco Film Festival, Rhodos (Greece), 2006
    • International Documentary Film Festival Documenta, Madrid (Spain), 2006
    • Grand Prix in Category Film Documents - International Festival of Independent Films, Ourense (Spain), 2006
    • Cinema Magazine Award - Association of Arab Film Critics, 2006
    • Audience Award - One World IDFF Prague, 2006
    • 2nd Audience Award - Docreview Warsaw IDFF, 2006
    • Golden Wheel Grand Prix for best international film about the Roma - Intl. Roma Film Festival, Skopje, 2006
    • 2008: Audience Award - DoxBox, Damascus Documentary Film Festival
    • Audience Award - Doxbox Damascus International Documentary FF, 2008
    • 2007: Best Documentary - International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico
    • Trilobit Beroun 2005
    • Amnesty International Award - Ljubljana International Film Festival 2005
    • Critic’s Award for Best Feature Length Film - International Film Festival Golden Arena in Novi Sad (Serbia and Monte Negro) 2005
    • Amnesty International Film Award - LIFFE, 2005
    • Audience Award - International Film Festival Golden Arena in Novi Sad (Serbia and Monte Negro) 2005
    • Planete Doc Review, Poland 2010 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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