Newsreel 242 – Sunny Railways

by Nika Autor

Obzornik 242 – Sunčane pruge, 2023, documentary, digital DCP, 1,77:1 (16:9), c, 27 min

Youth work actions were an integral part of socialist Yugoslavia. Through voluntary work thousands of young brigadiers contributed to the development of the country and actively helped to realize key infrastructure projects, such as highways, railways, bridges, tunnels, factories, residential buildings, schools, hospitals, parks, etc. One of such was Šamac-Sarajevo railway build in 1947 with the support of thousands of young leftists from Italy, Britain, Greece, France, Denmark, Sweden, Palestine, etc. In the 90’ war the railway was damaged, and the last train Šamac - Sarajevo drove in 2011. Today it is often used as a path to the promised future in Europe for people on the move.

text writer
Olga Dimitrijević
Nika Autor
director of photography
Jošt Franko
music composer
Matevž Kolenc
film editor
Nika Autor
Hidaya Alsisi, Etaf Alburai, Afnan Aboathra, Dana Mikawi, Nahla Mikawi, Nadia Hakki, Lana Čmajčanin
Obzorniška fronta

Nika Autor

Jerca Jerič

Nika Autor

Nika Autor undertook her BA and MA studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and obtained her PhD in Practice at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her practice is primarily based on experimental videos and documentary films, film essays, photography, collages, drawings and spatial video installations. Her works examines asylum and migration policies, workers’ rights and politics of memory. She is part of the collective Newsreel Front (Obzorniška Fronta), an informal collective of workers hailing from film theory and art practice fields.