An intimate portrait of 97-year-old Sonja Vujanović, Landscapes of Resistance blends a story of the nonagenarian’s fight against Nazism in the 1940s with director Marta Popivoda’s own antifascist manifesto and defiance of far-right extremism in present day Europe. Compiled from over 10 years of recorded conversations, Landscapes chronicles Sonja’s life, from the revolutionary books that helped develop her consciousness in high school to her leadership role against the Nazis in German-occupied Serbia. Eventually captured and taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sonja became a leader of the camp’s resistance, and as Sonja recounts her story, the layered landscapes of her life emerge. From the Serbian forests where antifascists organized, to the mud and chimneys of Auschwitz and the small apartment in Belgrade where she now lives with her husband and cat, each landscape is a testament to her revolutionary life.
Landscapes of Resistance (original title Pejzazi otpora) is a film by Marta Popivoda, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in early February 2021 and was shown for the first time in Germany in April 2021 at goEast, the festival of Central and Eastern European film.
Born in Belgrade in 1982, director Marta Popivoda, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Ana Vujanović, has lived and worked in Berlin for years. Popivoda studied philosophy and directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and subsequently earned a degree in experimental film at the Berlin University of the Arts. Co-author Ana Vujanović is the granddaughter of Sonja Vujanović.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, 2022 | 4:30 PM PDT
Venue: VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre