Laureats of Sundance, Berlinale and Free Zone mark the second night of Fast Forward 2016

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) will premier another three accomplishments of most recent global production within the FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2016: “Cartel land” by Matthew Heineman, then “Kiki” of Sara Jordenö, and “My own personal war” of Lidija Zelović, who will also appear as guest of Festival.

Second day of FAST FORWARD Festival starts off with the screening of film “Cartel land” at 17h30 in Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT). Physician from Michoacan, Mexico, leads a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Across the U.S. border, a veteran heads a paramilitary group working to prevent Mexico’s drug wars from entering U.S. territory. This film has already won ten awards for best documentary and an outstanding cinematography on festivals across the world, including the award for best director at the prestigious Sundance Festival, best documentary of the year at the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival, then Primetime Emmy Award, Cinema for Peace Awards, and etc. Trailer, as well as the additional details regarding the festivals where it was screened, can be found at:

At 19h15, film “Kiki” will be screened. Film is of Swedish-American production, by Sara Jordenö. In New York, at the port of Christopher Street Pier, a group of various young members of LGBTQ population prepares an artistic performance, Ballroom dancing, which became famous in the early nineties through Madonna’s music video for “Vogue” and through documentary Paris is burning. Twenty five years after this performance has set the bar for the cultural criteria, LGBTQ youth formed an artistic and activist subculture under the name Kiki Scene. Movie plot follows seven members of Kiki community through the period of four years, their preparation and spectacular acts, battle with homelessness, illness and prejudice, as well as their fight for the political influence and opportunities for different gender expression. Film has been screened on almost 30 festivals, and within the Berlinale competition programme Panorama received the award for best documentary and essay film. At the Sundance Festival it was within the official selection, and etc. Trailer, as well as the additional details regarding the festivals where it was screened, can be found at:

Third and last film for the night is “My own private war”, starting at 20h45, by Lidija Zelović, who is also the guest of the night. The author will address the public after the screening. In this extremely personal documentary, Lidija Zelović tries to find the answer to question – how to come to terms with one’s own war past? And how to ensure that your children do not suffer the same burden? Zelović grew up in Bosnian city of Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia, where civil war divided the population in 1992. She fled to the Netherlands in 1993. As a war reporter for BBC, later as director, she tried to discover the truth about war. What happens in a family long after the war is over? During the shooting of this film, Zelović discovers that true war smoulders in people. Even inside of her. In order to try and leave the past behind and stop feeling like a refugee, Zelović tries to unravel the source of bigotry… “My own private war” is this year’s winner of Free zone Festival. Trailer, as well as the additional details regarding the festivals where it was screened, can be found at:

Movies “Free”, of Tomislav Žaja, and “The liberation of Skopje” of Rade and Danilo Šerbedžija, opened the seventh edition of “Fast forward” Human Rights Film Festival, in the organisation of Centre for Civic Education (CCE), last night in Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT). The opening was marked by discussion with guest Tomislav Žaja, and the annual awards of CCE and Festival for the affirmation of human rights and civic activism, that have been awarded to NGO Young Roma and president of municipality of Kolašin, Željka Vuksanović.

The Festival was opened by Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of CCE and Zorana Kralj, director of MNT.

Tonight the Festival’s edition in Kotor will be opened as well, where movies “Free” and “Kiki” will be screened at 18h00 and 19h30 respectively in cinema “Boka”.

VII FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2016 will be held from 10 to 14 December 2016 in Podgorica, in Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT). Like in the case of previous years, this year the Festival will also have parallel editions in Kotor – 11 and 12 December in cinema “Boka” and in Berane – 12 and 13 December in Centre for culture.

FAST FORWARD 2016 is implemented in cooperation with Montenegrin National Theatre (MNT), BELDOCS, Cultural Centre “Nikola Đurković” from Kotor, Municipality of Berane and Centre for culture of Berane. Media sponsors of FAST FORWARD 2016 are public broadcaster RTCG and ID Vijesti. Festival is supported by the Commission for the allocation of part of the revenue from games of chance of Government of Montenegro, Australian Embassy, US Embassy, Foundation Heinrich Boll, as well as by companies Montepano, Metropolis, PG Taxi, Post of Montenegro and Compania de Vinos Montenegro.

Festival promo video can be downloaded at:
Entrance to every screening is free.

Svetlana Pešić, programme associate