Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Greetings From Free Forests + Q&A

Location Regent Street Cinema, Director Ian Soroka, Country USA, Slovenia, Croatia, Duration 99, 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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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