Želimir Žilnik

Želimir Žilnik (*1942 in Niš) is a filmmaker and lives in Novi Sad, Serbia. His first feature, Early Works, garnered him the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1969 and got him into trouble with the Yugoslav government, which culminated in a several year ban on entering the country. In the following years he worked as an independent documentary filmmaker and continued to produce films during the UN sanctions and under pressure from the Milosevic regime. With Tito's Second Time Among the Serbs (1994) and Marble Ass (1995) Žilnik initiated video- and television productions for the radical tv station B 92. His most recent productions deal with processes of transformation and their effect on the people in central and Eastern Europe. With his critical and always radically independent practice, he reveals the mechanisms of exclusion and oppression. His films focus on questions of migration in particular.