Open City Documentary Festival

Greetings From Free Forests + Q&A

Ian Soroka
USA, Slovenia, Croatia
Previous Festivals & Awards
Doclisboa International Film Festival 2018 (Winner: Best International Competition Film), Munich International Documentary Festival 2019, DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2019 (Winner: DOXA Feature Documentary Award)

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Ian Soroka (b. 1987) works in non-fiction forms of film and video. He studied cinema and philosophy at the University of Colorado in Boulder, in Prague at FAMU, and completed an M.S. in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT. Ian is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Award recipient, and a Fulbright Fellow in Slovenia, where he was a guest researcher at the Slovenian National Film Archive and Cinematheque. His work has screened internationally in festival, gallery and museum contexts including: DocLisboa, Art of The Real, Dok.Fest München, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid and Kinoteka, Ljubljana. Ian is from western Colorado and is based in the San Francisco Bay area.

In his debut feature, Ian Soroka creates a hauntingly atmospheric study of the southern Slovenian landscape that was once the site of one of World War II’s most stubborn resistance movements. Following German and Italian occupation of Slovenia, thousands were forced to flee their homes, eventually seeking refuge in the forests of Yugoslavia where a communist-led resistance movement known as the Liberation Front would operate in secret for almost two years. Soroka artfully interweaves archival material with rich landscape photography and evocative testimony from survivors, historians, and naturalists to excavate the traces of memories and unearth the remains found beneath the forest floor.

This is the UK Premiere

Followed by a Q&A with director Ian Soroka

Read an essay on Greetings From Free Forests by Phil Coldiron