Many dances and brave people

26.10.2017

Davor Borić answers our questions about his new document Danuša’s Mara.

How did you come up with the idea for the film? How did you find these women on your film?

  Idea of a film came from brother ZvonkoMartić (he is a prior of monastery at BuškoJezero and he is also ethologist) and our researcherVidoBagur ,  who made photo monography about customs of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We came to Lug and Brankovići and met Marica Filipović and that was it.  She is a woman of great energy and we liked her a lot and made a film trough her. 

Has your film helped people to recognize this part of the culture?

We still did not show film anywhere (you will have world premiere), but I think it will be great for viewers in Croatia and abroad to see how this small community with Marica and great people in villages folk ensemble keep and present their culture.  (film will be shown in regular program at Croatian national radio television in November).

In what ways have women's roles changed in recent years, if any?

II think women's role changed in recent years. But it is really difficult to answer. Changes are very small and it is still patriarchal society.

Did these people surprise you in some way?

There were no surprises for me (only so many different dances that all looks the same).

Are the Croats a significant minority in the Bosnia and Herzegovina region, where you filmed your documentary?

I think that in this part of Bosnia Croatas and Muslims are 50:50 and Serbs are minority.

In your opinion, what was the most important thing you learned from these people?

I learned from Marica that you can be brave and strong and live your life in dignity and hard work.