A video as part of the Call the Witness Roma Pavillion.
01.-03.06.2011, Palazzo Zorzi UNESCO Venice Office Castello 4930, Venice.
The semi-staged documentary Migration addresses artist Milutin Jovanović’s interest in the lives of the displaced inhabitants from the former Roma settlement that used to reside under Belgrade’s Gazela Bridge. We are invited to follow the story line as it evolves through the eyes of the artist’s friend Gagi, one of the residents of the new Roma settlement where some of the evicted Roma families were forced to move after the settlement’s destruction. Gagi’s genuine aspirations to shoot a documentary about his neighbors’ unfulfilled expectations make him an active and compassionate witness of the everyday struggles of the inhabitants. Trailed by Jovanović’s own camera, Gagi borrows a video camera and starts to shoot his film in the labyrinth of narrow streets and tinny container-homes. However his search for “witnesses” who would testify about the tough living conditions in the new settlement turns out to be difficult and often futile: the potential witnesses have been silenced by a warning not to speak publicly about their difficulties coping with the challenges of daily survival. (Suzana Milevska)