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08-01-2009
Announcement by Serbian Culture Minister
Nebojsa Bradic


Pictures of the World

Pictures of the world we live in are upsetting but film art should show them exactly the way they are, with no hesitation or hushing up – that’s an imperative for today.
One of these pictures could be seen on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, where it was written that ‘war induces creativity’. The other means of communication often offer the similar pictures. Further more, sometimes it looks like they are competing in intensity of restlessness they will produce in people. Israeli army started the offensive on the internet in order not to lose a ‘virtual war’. On YouTube and Facebook, you can see short videos that show their attacks on Gaza and destruction of Hamas tunnel, weapons depots and launch sites. One of the Israeli government’s spokeswoman said that the internet is a war zone in a battle for world opinion.         
Diseases of the ‘brand new world’ are not only psychopathological, they reach much deeper – to the very root of human existence. The power and the greed for it are characteristics of the time in which the world has become a ‘global village’ and every part of that world as well as everybody in it has to be accessible.
What are the chances for an individual in the world like that?
We have gathered here, at the Film Festival on the Mokra Gora mountain, to ask that question one more time and to look for answers. I believe there is a chance of success, and that it is in filmmakers’ hands. Maybe that chance looks like a dot in a see of indifference, hypocrisy and lies, but it still exists. I see that many artists are arriving here, from these at the very beginning of their career to the most famous ones, to mark that spot. Young filmmakers are starting their new mission tonight. I believe that the mission called ‘Küstendorf’ will be possible and that it will, along with this year’s best films and the liveliest music, send a strong message for everybody who is watching the world with his eyes and heart wide opened.



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