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The Serbian asylum system has to deal with dozens of cases every day from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ghana, as well as many other countries. Difficult travelling conditions, trafficking, and human rights abuses are just some of the obstacles that asylum seekers face before entering Serbia. Želimir Žilnik’s docudrama, written in collaboration with his protagonists, follows the lives of illegal migrants and asylum-seekers who are housed in refugee centres in Serbia following dramatic flights from war and destitution.

These displaced people have powerful stories to tell and Žilnik attempts to faithfully retell these peoples struggle to attain citizenship and ultimately a sense of security and belonging in a new country. Logbook_Serbistan puts forward representations of suffering and trauma without necessarily rendering those that it depicts as victims. As the film progresses the central question of the role that Serbia will play in these people’s lives becomes more pronounced, will it be merely a stopover or could they, perhaps, settle down and start a new life?



  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Miodrag Milošević, Orfeas Skutelis
  • Editing
    Vuk Vukmirović
  • Music
    Meho Puzić, Gabriella Benak, Milan Nenin
  • Sound
    Filip Vlatković
  • Runtime
    94 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Serbia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Feature Film 2015, Serbia
    • Zagreb Dox 2015, Croatia
    • LET'S CEE Film Festival 2015, Austria
    • DokuFest Prizren 2015, Kosovo
    • DocLisboa International Film Festival 2015, Portugal
    • goEast: Festival of Eastern and Central European Film 2015, Germany
  • Awards
    • Best Feature Documentary, Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Feature Film 2015, Serbia


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