Occupied Cinema is an observational documentary that chronicles the activists’ occupation of the cinema Zvezda in Belgrade, one of the 14 cinemas that had once belonged to the Yugoslavian state and was then sold to a private investor. Senka Domanović is the witness of this rare gathering of artists, activists and the cinema’s former workers who came together through a shared dream. But collective activism has its irks and quirks In the director's own words: “The occupation of the cinema was an opportunity for people to come together, to self-organize and manage a contained micro-economy, to essentially bypass the market logic and break away from the ideological apparatus of the state. A moment later, everything collapsed.”
Branka Pavlovic studied film and TV in Belgrade and continued her academic career with a master’s degree in Art in Context at the University of Arts Berlin. Since 2009, she has worked for the Free Zone Film Festival in Belgrade as its leading program director. She developed the art education program of nGBK Berlin and teaches as a freelance art instructor at the Freie University Berlin, leading numerous seminars and workshops.
Senka Domanović is a filmmaker and political activist. She studied Journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade at the same time as completing film school. In 2007, she released her first short film Arizona. From 2014 to 2015, she worked as the programme director of the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival. Occupied Cinema(2018) is her first feature film.