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Montreal, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – The RIDM+ film series, presented by the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), screens a new auteur documentary every month from February through June. April’s pick is the Quebec premiere of a film about an extraordinary woman and a little-known facet of the history of former Yugoslavia, The Other Side of Everything by Mila Turajlic. The screening will take place on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at Cinéma du Parc, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker, via Skype.


The Other Side of Everything, the winning entry in the international competition at the most recent IDFA, is a quietly ambitious film that begins in the private confines of an apartment and gradually branches out into the history of an entire country. At its heart is a portrait of Srbijanka Turajlic, the filmmaker’s mother, a retired, highly respected teacher who was a high-profile peace activist during the Yugoslav war of the 1990s. For years, Srbijanka risked her own safety in the struggle against her country’s self-destruction. Now, despite her age, she is as committed as ever, and remains a sharp critic of the perils of resurgent nationalism.


Mila Turajlic deftly blends archival footage with free-flowing conversations, paying tribute to her mother’s political activism and exposing little-known aspects of her country’s recent history. Srbijanka apartment becomes an unsettling metaphor. In the aftermath of the nationalization of housing in the 1940s, a simple door, forever locked, separates two families, one rich, the other poor. It is a delicate cohabitation, imposed from above, that has lasted for decades – but the same cannot be said for Yugoslavia.


The RIDM+ series is presented by Télé-Québec.


The Other Side of Everything,directed by Mila Turajlic

Serbia, France, Qatar | 2017 | 104 minutes | In the original Serbian, with French subtitles



Quebec premiere as part of the RIDM+ series, Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at Cinéma du Parc

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Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festivalpresents the best reality‐based films, including the works of established directors and new talents.


The 21st annual RIDM will take place from November 8 to 18, 2018

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