Are They Still Shooting?

Director: Tomislav Novakovic
Screenwriters: Tomislav Novakovic

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


If artistic expression is an indicator of social concern, the general lack of political filmmaking in the United States might lead us to believe that we are, in fact, devoid of any politics, Are They Still Shooting? Is a highly charged reminder that politics not only exist, but that we are a country peopled by so many nationalities that the concerns of our citizens reflect crucial situations throughout the entire world.

Filmed in New York as part of Tomislav Novakovic's MFA requirements at Columbia University, the film provides insight into the insanity of the circular cycles of violence that have ripped apart the former republics of Yugoslavia. This story about two brothers is an allegorical depiction of the war raging In Bosnia and Croatia. Mile is on the front lines, while Boja is in New York avenging their father's untimely political death. When Mile's girlfriend Moshinka arrives in New York, Boja is thrown into emotional and philosophical turmoil. He falls in love with her, but their opinions about the way to ameliorate the situation in their homeland clash wildly. Torn between communism and Catholicism, nationalism and individualism, vengeance and salvation, the lovers
struggle, and so reveal the intensity and complexity of this personal. political and historical war.

Marking himself as a director to watch, Novakovic skillfully blends documentary and narrative styles to create an emotionally draining and very smart film.

This film is playing out of competition

Saturday Jan 22 1:30 pm
Holiday Village Cinema I

Thursday Jan 27 4:30 pm
Holiday Village Cinema I

Saturday Jan 29 10;00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema I


— Catherine Schulman

Screening Details

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