Audience Award for the movie Mamula All Inclusive at the Free Zone Festival

The full-length documentary film Mamula All Inclusive, by Aleksandar Reljić, has received the Audience Award at the 19th edition of the Free Zone Film Festival in Serbia, where it had its premiere.

The documentary Mamula All Inclusive was realized with the financial support of the Film Center of Serbia and produced by Greenfield Production in cooperation with Al Jazeera Balkans, as well as minority producers Core Dox and the Centre for Civic Education (CCE). Furthermore, the idea of the film was initially presented at the Sarajevo Film Festival, within the True Stories Market in 2017 by representatives of the CCE.

The film was shot for almost seven years, from September 2017 to September 2022, capturing the transformation of the Lastavica Island and the Mamula fortress, located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor, from a former concentration camp into an exclusive hotel complex. The film also follows the transformation of public opinion regarding this project, from the perspective of former camp inmate Ivo Marković, who, at the age of nine, was imprisoned in the camp under the command of Italian fascists lead by Benito Mussolini, and in the film, he along with other former inmates, NGO activists, and citizens, opposes this decision and begins the struggle to preserve the memory of the innocent victims.

The special guest at the film’s premiere in Serbia, specifically in Novi Sad and Belgrade, was Pero Marković, the son of Ivo Marković, and descendants of some other camp inmates also attended the film.

The film had its regional premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2023, while the Montenegrin premiere of the documentary Mamula All Inclusive will be part of the FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival Montenegro 2023, organized by the CCE, traditionally starting on 10 December. In addition to the central programme in Podgorica, the FAST FORWARD Festival has shorter editions in Kotor and Berane, where the film will also be screened.

 Milica Zindović, PR of the FAST FORWARD Festival