Documentary | 51 min | Serbia, 2008

It is the fourth summer in a row that Josef Arone from San Francisco comes to Serbia. He makes street-performances as Joe Mama the clown and from July till September, over the countryside and around the capital, from the trumpet festival to the war zone, he is in the mission of spreading joy.
Joe parties wherever he can, but his idea of joy is more profound. He wants to spread it, especially in the areas where people forgot it. The "Bread and Cheese Circus" that he founded here with his friends, goes to Kosovo to make performances for the refugee children that live there. Enter the world where a stranger is just a friend that you have not met yet!

"Joe Goes To Serbia" (original title "Moj drug Srbija") is a mid-lenght documentary produced by Sonja Blagojevic (the author) and the production house "CVK KVADRAT" from Belgrade in more or less no-budget conditions. It was shot on miniDV mostly during the summer of 2006, all over Serbia.
The World Premiere took place on March 2008, on the 55th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, where the film won two awards: GOLDEN MEDAL OF BELGRADE for the best documentary film in the National Competition and The Award of the Serbian branch of FIPRESCI - for the most engaged film shown in the official program of the Festival.
The film was shown on 20 festivals all over the world.

Featuring: Joe Mama, Celavi, Marko Klovn, Zeljko Petkovic, Remi St‐Michel, Sarah Eden Reinstein, Ingrid Johnson and others / Written, filmed, produced and directed by Sonja Blagojevic, in coproduction with CVK "Kvadrat“ (Zoran Popovic and Svetlana Popovic) / Edited by Nemanja Babic / Sound design by Aleksandar Protic / Music by Joe Mama and other live‐performers / Color grading by Pablo Ferro / Title design by Marijana Markoska

Serbian Contemporary Short and Documentary Film, Washington 2008
XVII GOLDEN KNIGHT, Moscow / documentary films competition, May 2008
ʺThe Cinema of Documentary Film”, Sava Centar – Belgrade, May 2008
"CinemaCity", Novi Sad, June 2008 *** The Special Award***
XXII Pärnu International Film Festival, July 2008
Festival Du Film Serbe, Paris, June 2008
Cinema ʺBalkanʺ, Belgrade, July - August 2008
“PRVI KADAR“, East Sarajevo, September 2008 *** The Special Mention ***
Second Serbian Film Festival in Chicago, September 2008
"EUROfEST", Montreal, September 2008 *** The 1st Special Mention ***
III International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City – DOCSDF 2008 / competitive section: the best TV documentary
II “The Vigil of Soul”, Sremski Karlovci, October 2008 *** The Main Award***
II Vancouver Serbian FilmFest, November 2008
“Dvorište”, Belgrade, November 2008
XVI Plus CAMERIMAGE Film Festival, Lodz / documentary films competition, December 2008
IDF - 2008 East Silver
Video Festival Imperia ‐ Italy, April 2009
XXVII International Film Festival Uruguay, Montevideo, April 2009
International Festival of Films on Tribal Art & Culture, Bhopal - India / documentary films competition, June 2009
Cheboksary International Film Festival – Chuvashia, June 2009
"Document 2009 – Life is Not a Lie", Vranje, September 2009
On-line film festival “We Speak, Here”, Culture Unplugged, 2012

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