Boris Malagurski

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Boris Malagurski
Boris Malagurski Raindance.jpg
Malagurski at the Raindance Film Festival
Born (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 26)
Subotica, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Residence Serbia
Education B.F.A. Film Production[1]
University of British Columbia
Occupation Filmmaker, television host, activist
Years active 2005–present

Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian[2] film director, producer, writer, television host and activist.[3]

Background[edit]

Born to Branislav Malagurski and Slavica Malagurski, Boris grew up in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. In an interview for Literární noviny, Prague's cultural and political journal, Malagurski said that his last name originates from the Polish town of Mała Góra, noting that in the 17th century, a soldier from that town fought under the command of John III Sobieski against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.[4]

Malagurski emigrated to Canada in 2005 and made a documentary film about his move from Serbia called The Canada Project. Excerpts from the film were shown on Serbian National Television, as a part of Mira Adanja-Polak's TV show.[5] Since then, Malagurski identifies himself as Serbian Canadian.[6] While studying Film Production at the University of British Columbia,[7] Malagurski organized protests in Vancouver against Kosovo's declaration of independence and received help from Canadian journalist Scott Taylor and Irish diplomat Mary Walsh in making his film about Kosovo.[8] Malagurski became a Canadian citizen[9] and remained in Canada until 2011, when he returned to work in Serbia.[10]

Career[edit]

In 2010, the newspaper Politika described Malagurski as the "Serbian Michael Moore",[3] though Malagurski himself had spoken of his use of "Michael Moore post-production techniques", earlier in the same year.[11] The description was taken up by many other media outlets.[12][13]

Film[edit]

Kosovo: Can You Imagine?
In 2009, Malagurski released Kosovo: Can You Imagine?, a documentary film about the plight of Serb communities living in Kosovo at that time. Former Canadian general Lewis MacKenzie, former Canadian diplomat James Byron Bissett, former UNMIK officer John Hawthorne and economist Michel Chossudovsky are interviewed in the film.
The Weight of Chains
In 2010, Malagurski released The Weight of Chains, his documentary film analyzing the role that the United States, NATO and the European Union allegedly played in the breakup of Yugoslavia. The film features interviews with James Byron Bissett, John Bosnitch, Michel Chossudovsky, Vlade Divac, Branislav Lečić, Veran Matić, John Perkins general Lewis MacKenzie and others. The film was shown in cinemas in Australia, Canada, the United States and Serbia,[14][15][16][17][18][19] also at the festivals listed below, and on RT[20] and Eurochannel TV networks.[21]
The Presumption of Justice
Malagurski co-directed (with Ivana Rajović), The Presumption of Justice in 2012,[3] a documentary dealing with the September 2009 death of Brice Taton, a fan of Toulouse FC, and alleged inconsistencies in the subsequent court case in Serbia. The film had its broadcasting premiere in April 2013 as a part of Malagurski's TV show on Happy TV which also featured an interview with a man who claimed to have witnessed the event, but who had not been called to testify.[22]
Belgrade
Boris Malagurski interviewing Novak Djokovic for Belgrade
Malagurski's next film Belgrade, (also known as Belgrade with Boris Malagurski), a documentary about Belgrade, the capital of Serbia had its world premiere on 19 October 2013 at Sava Centar in Belgrade[23] and was aired on Radio Television Serbia on 20 October 2014.[24] The film features interviews with several prominent Belgraders, including tennis player Novak Djokovic.
The Weight of Chains 2
The Weight of Chains 2 was released in 2014 as a part of the Serbian Film Festival at Montecasino in Johannesburg, South Africa.[25] It features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Carla Del Ponte, Mlađan Dinkić, Vuk Jeremić, Ivo Josipović, Slavko Kulić, Miroslav Lazanski, Michael Parenti, Oliver Stone, R. James Woolsey and others.[26][27][28] The film discusses the effects of neoliberal reforms on all aspects of life in the former Yugoslavia, from politics, economics, military, culture and education to the media.[29]

Television[edit]

From 2013 to 2015,[30] Malagurski hosted Revolution, a weekly TV show on Happy TV. The show, featured documentary segments and interviews with state officials, foreign and local experts and ordinary citizens of Serbia,[31][32] until it was cancelled in January 2015. Malagurski claimed Happy TV gave no official reason for the show's cancellation.[33]

Malagurski also occasionally appears on RT, to comment on Balkan topics.[34][35][36] During the 2014 Southeast Europe floods, Malagurski reported for Happy TV from several flooded areas in Serbia and, notably, presented the stories of Serbs and Croats working together to help the victims in Obrenovac, which attracted attention from both Serbian and Croatian media outlets.[37][38]

Writing[edit]

Malagurski has written articles for the political magazine New Serbian political thought.[39][40][41]

Political views[edit]

In an interview for Marin Marinković's talk show One On One on Alternativna TV, Malagurski identified himself as being left-leaning,[42] adding that he "supports protests as a form of pressure on governments" and that "elections are important, but democracy works only if we create the conditions under which any elected official will have to make decisions".[42] Malagurski believes that "every government makes decisions in favor of the people only when in fear of the public reaction".[43]

As a critic of neoliberalism, Malagurski believes that "resistance to neoliberalism is no longer a matter of ideology, but of common sense", and he advocates the inclusion of young people in politics, noting that most people in Serbia who share similar problems aren't united and can't recognize their common interest.[44]

Activism[edit]

In October 2011, Malagurski showed his film The Weight of Chains at the Jarinje barricades on the Kosovo-Serbia border,[45] which he said was a show of support for the Serbs fighting for their rights in the disputed province.[46]

In June 2012, Malagurski took part in a protest in front of the Radio Television Serbia building, that called for an end to "organized media darkness" in Serbia and requested the airing of Malagurski's film The Weight of Chains on Serbia's public broadcaster.[47] In front of 200 protesters, Malagurski said that Aleksandar Tijanić, the director of RTS, had told him that despite positive reviews, The Weight of Chains couldn't be aired on RTS because it had already been aired on Happy TV, Malagurski claimed only clips had been shown, which he corroborated with documents from Happy TV.[48] Malagurski also claimed that "Serbia is the only country in the region and in almost all of Europe, where The Weight of Chains has not been shown by the national public broadcaster".[49]

Malagurski has given speeches about Balkan political issues, specifically on the future status of Kosovo.[50] These include student and public forums at the University of Belgrade and elsewhere.[51][52]

Controversies[edit]

Threats controversy[edit]

In September 2012, Malagurski and Ivana Rajović (co-director), filed a criminal investigation request at Belgrade public prosecutor's office against 12 members of an internet message board for alleged "organized threats to their life and personal and professional safety", made on the message board after the premiere of The Presumption of Justice. Three of the 12 were charged and found guilty in March 2014 at the trial court in Belgrade, each was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for 3 years of probation.[53][54] Malagurski's actions and the court's decisions were criticised by Milica Jovanović,[53] and Dario Hajrić[55] writing in Peščanik, and Jovana Gligorijević, writing in Vreme.[54]

Malagurski replied in responses published by Vreme in March 2014[56] and by NSPM in April 2014.[57] Historian Čedomir Antić criticised Malagurski's accusers in an op-ed in Politika.[58]

Kostić allegations[edit]

In January 2013, after an interview for Malagurski's TV show Revolution with Vesna Kostić of the World Bank office in Belgrade was broadcast, Kostić wrote a letter of complaint to the Association of Journalists of Serbia, claiming that Malagurski "forged" a conversation.[59] Malagurski denied these claims.[60]

Published work[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Festival screenings[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 2009, Silver Palm Award (one of 14 films awarded in the Student Film category) for Kosovo: Can You Imagine? at the Mexico International Film Festival 2009, Rosarito, Mexico.[62]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Program p.70 - UBC Film Production congratulates 3rd-yr BFA students on their 'Persistence of Vision Student' Film Festival" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Serbian-Canadian documentary hit-maker Boris Malagurski" by Dubravka Lakic Politika
  3. ^ a b c Добри људи у злим временима | Good people in evil times Politika Newspaper, August 28, 2010
  4. ^ „Vítejte v Kosovu, vaše auto je už tady!“ Literární noviny
  5. ^ Mira Adanja-Polak and You June 5, 2005
  6. ^ Srpsko-kanadski režiser Boris Malagurski Alo novine
  7. ^ "2005. godine Boris je emigrirao u Kanadu " Subotica.com
  8. ^ Boris Malagurski: Vlast zaboravlja narod Kosmeta Naslovi.net
  9. ^ Teža verig in pasivnosti Delo
  10. ^ Popadic Ana (29 June 2012). "I Want to Work in Serbia". novosti.rs. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Interview with Boris Malagurski on his new film Novine Toronto | March 26, 2010
  12. ^ New documentary by the Serbian Michael Moore Press newspaper
  13. ^ Malagurski: Otpor je stvar zdravog razuma ("Srpski Majkl Mur") Nezavisne.com
  14. ^ The Weight of Chains Tickets, Piccadilly Cinema, WA
  15. ^ WEIGHT OF CHAINS - ADELAIDE Tickets, ALACE NOVA CINEMA, SA
  16. ^ WEIGHT OF CHAINS - Cinema NOVA, VIC
  17. ^ WEIGHT OF CHAINS - SYDNEY Tickets, Chauvel Cinema, NSW
  18. ^ Težina lanaca u domaćim bioskopima B92
  19. ^ The Weight of Chains Past Screenings WeightOfChains.com
  20. ^ The Weight of Chains on RT
  21. ^ The Weight of Chains on Eurochannel
  22. ^ Drugačija istina o stradanju Brisa Tatona PressOnline.rs
  23. ^ RTS Dnevnik 19. oktobar 2013, Radio Television Serbia, 2013.
  24. ^ Beograd, domaći film RTS.rs
  25. ^ The Serbian Film festival at Montecasino
  26. ^ Nema povlačenja, nema predaje Politika
  27. ^ The Weight of Chains 2 About
  28. ^ Malagurski: Uz puno truda bolje sutra može da se ostvari Večernje novosti
  29. ^ The premiere of The Weight of Chains 2 on January 31 Tanjug.rs
  30. ^ Revolucija cancelled
  31. ^ The Revolution of Boris Malagurski on Happy TV Story.rs
  32. ^ Malagurski: It's time to sober up Večernje novosti
  33. ^ "Malagurski at the premiere in Kraljevo". Eraska.rs. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  34. ^ RT: "KFOR će prekoračiti mandat” B92.net
  35. ^ Tear gas at the barricades: NATO sprays Serb protests RT.com
  36. ^ Never Netherlands – Serbs lack faith in Hague justice RT.com
  37. ^ HRVATI, A SRPSKI HEROJI: Dečki koji su spasavali nesrećne Obrenovčane! Telegraf.rs
  38. ^ Reportaža iz Obrenovca: Srbi i Hrvati zajedno rade na spašavanju Večernji list
  39. ^ Битка је у нама Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 1 November 2010
  40. ^ Дневник 2010 Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 19 October 2010
  41. ^ Моја држава, моја револуција Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 14 October 2010
  42. ^ a b Malagurski on the status of Serbs in the world 43min on ATVBL.com
  43. ^ http://issuu.com/cacanskiglas/docs/20._februar_2015
  44. ^ Boris Malagurski: Resistance is a matter of common sense Novosti.rs
  45. ^ Using alternative paths to get to North Kosovo Politika, October 31, 2011[dead link]
  46. ^ We're afraid of Belgrade, not KFOR Pravda newspaper, October 30, 2011
  47. ^ Protest ispred RTS-a RTS
  48. ^ RTS odbio da prikaže film Težina lanaca Kurir
  49. ^ "Protest ispred zgrade RTS - Internet Archive". pravda.rs. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  50. ^ "Kosovo and Metohija in the light of international law" Forum at the Assoc. of Students of Univ. of Belgrade Law Faculty
  51. ^ "Kosovo - Where is the solution?"
  52. ^ "How to get over stereotypes of bad boys" at F@M Sremski Karlovci
  53. ^ a b A parody of justice
  54. ^ a b Lagumi foruma i sudski epilozi
  55. ^ Hajrić, Dario (2 March 2014). "Insults and Insinuations". Peščanik. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  56. ^ "Worrying support". Vreme. April 3, 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  57. ^ Polemike | Akademski huligani - kako "građanska Srbija" poziva na linč Boris Malagurski, NSPM.rs
  58. ^ Antić, Čedomir (13 March 2014). "Malagurski". Politika online. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  59. ^ "Letter of the World Bank Office in Serbia to UNS". Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS). Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  60. ^ "Boris Malagurski replies to Vesna Kostic on his Facebook page". Facebook. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  61. ^ Young European Filmmakers Palić International Film Festival, 2005
  62. ^ a b "2009 winners of Silver Palm". Mexico International Film Festival. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  63. ^ RTV - Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Radio Television Vojvodina, May 11, 2009
  64. ^ Kosovo: Možete li da zamislite? (30 min), Četvrtak 7. maj 2009.
  65. ^ "El peso de las cadenas" Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
  66. ^ [1] MIFF Schedule, End of World Showcase
  67. ^ [2]
  68. ^ Festival of documentary film at Novi Sad Cultural Centre 021.rs
  69. ^ The Weight of Chains in Novi Sad Radio Television Vojvodina
  70. ^ "BELDOCS" on a tour throughout Serbia B92.net
  71. ^ [3] Raindance Balkan Cinema Strand 2011
  72. ^ Film Festival Brochure 2013 Serbian Film Festival at Montecasino
  73. ^ Balkan New Film Festival 2014
  74. ^ The Weight Of Chains CinemaTeket.no
  75. ^ The Serbian Film festival at Montecasino Montecasino.co.za
  76. ^ Balkan New Film Festival 2014
  77. ^ Težina lanaca 2 / The Weight of Chains 2 2015 - 8th Subversive Festival

External links[edit]

Official websites
Print media interviews
Films