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 28)
Subotica, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Education B.F.A. Film Production[1]
University of British Columbia
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Ivana Malagurski (m. 2014)

Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian[2] film director, producer, writer, political commentator, television host and activist.[3] He is the owner of Malagurski Cinema.[4]


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 Prince Eugene of Savoy against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.[5]

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.[6] Since then, Malagurski identifies himself as Serbian Canadian.[7] While studying Film Production at the University of British Columbia,[8] 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.[9] Malagurski became a Canadian citizen[10] and remained in Canada until 2011, when he returned to work in Serbia.[11]


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.[12] The description was taken up by many other media outlets.[13][14]


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,[15][16][17][18][19][20] also at the festivals listed below, and on RT[21] and Eurochannel TV networks.[22]
The Presumption of Justice
Malagurski co-directed (with Ivana Rajović), The Presumption of Justice in 2012,[23] 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.[24]
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[25] and was aired on Radio Television Serbia (RTS) on 20 October 2014.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28][29][30] 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.[31] Festival screenings include Raindance Film Festival[32] and the Subversive Festival[33] and others listed below, and it was broadcast by RT[34] and RTS.[35]


From 2013 to 2015,[36] 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,[37][38] until it was cancelled in January 2015. Malagurski claimed Happy TV gave no official reason for the show's cancellation.[39]

In 2015, Malagurski started work as executive producer and host of a new TV show, Globally, on BN TV, which deals with "global topics from a domestic perspective."[40]

Malagurski also occasionally appears on RT, to comment on Balkan topics.[41][42][43] 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.[44][45]


Malagurski has written articles for the Politika daily newspaper[46][47] and the political magazine New Serbian political thought.[48][49][50]

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,[51] 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".[51] Malagurski believes that "every government makes decisions in favor of the people only when in fear of the public reaction".[52]

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.[53]


In October 2011, Malagurski showed his film The Weight of Chains at the Jarinje barricades on the Kosovo-Serbia border,[54] which he said was a show of support for the Serbs fighting for their rights in the disputed province.[55]

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.[56] 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.[57] 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".[58]

Malagurski has given speeches about Balkan political issues, specifically on the future status of Kosovo.[59] These include student and public forums at the University of Belgrade and elsewhere.[60][61]


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.[62][63] Malagurski's actions and the court's decisions were criticised by Milica Jovanović,[62] and Dario Hajrić[64] writing in Peščanik, and Jovana Gligorijević, writing in Vreme.[63]

Malagurski replied in responses published by Vreme in March 2014[65] and by NSPM in April 2014.[66] Historian Čedomir Antić criticised Malagurski's accusers in an op-ed in Politika.[67]

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 complained that Malagurski had "forged" a conversation in the broadcast.[68] Malagurski denied the claims, adding that Ms. Kostic "forgot how she answered the questions".[69]

Published work[edit]


Television series[edit]

Festival screenings[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.[71]


  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 Добри људи у злим временима | Good people in evil times Politika Newspaper, August 28, 2010
  4. ^ About Malagurski Cinema
  5. ^ „Vítejte v Kosovu, vaše auto je už tady!“ Literární noviny
  6. ^ Mira Adanja-Polak and You June 5, 2005
  7. ^ Srpsko-kanadski režiser Boris Malagurski Alo novine
  8. ^ "2005. godine Boris je emigrirao u Kanadu "
  9. ^ Boris Malagurski: Vlast zaboravlja narod Kosmeta
  10. ^ Teža verig in pasivnosti Delo
  11. ^ Popadic Ana (29 June 2012). "I Want to Work in Serbia". Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Interview with Boris Malagurski on his new film Novine Toronto | March 26, 2010
  13. ^ New documentary by the Serbian Michael Moore Press newspaper
  14. ^ Malagurski: Otpor je stvar zdravog razuma ("Srpski Majkl Mur")
  15. ^ The Weight of Chains Tickets, Piccadilly Cinema, WA
  18. ^ WEIGHT OF CHAINS - SYDNEY Tickets, Chauvel Cinema, NSW
  19. ^ Težina lanaca u domaćim bioskopima B92
  20. ^ The Weight of Chains Past Screenings
  21. ^ The Weight of Chains on RT
  22. ^ The Weight of Chains on Eurochannel
  23. ^ A film about Brice Taton Politika Newspaper | 27 June 2012
  24. ^ Drugačija istina o stradanju Brisa Tatona
  25. ^ RTS Dnevnik 19. oktobar 2013, Radio Television Serbia, 2013.
  26. ^ Beograd, domaći film
  27. ^ The Serbian Film festival at Montecasino
  28. ^ Nema povlačenja, nema predaje Politika
  29. ^ The Weight of Chains 2 The Interviewees
  30. ^ Malagurski: Uz puno truda bolje sutra može da se ostvari Večernje novosti
  31. ^ The premiere of The Weight of Chains 2 on January 31
  32. ^ The Weight of Chains 2 at the Raindance Film Festival
  33. ^ The Weight of Chains 2 at the Subversive Festival
  34. ^ [1]
  35. ^ RTS - Težina lanaca 2
  36. ^ Revolucija cancelled
  37. ^ The Revolution of Boris Malagurski on Happy TV
  38. ^ Malagurski: It's time to sober up Večernje novosti
  39. ^ "Malagurski at the premiere in Kraljevo". 9 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  40. ^ a b Globalno, TV BN
  41. ^ RT: "KFOR će prekoračiti mandat”
  42. ^ Tear gas at the barricades: NATO sprays Serb protests
  43. ^ Never Netherlands – Serbs lack faith in Hague justice
  44. ^ HRVATI, A SRPSKI HEROJI: Dečki koji su spasavali nesrećne Obrenovčane!
  45. ^ Reportaža iz Obrenovca: Srbi i Hrvati zajedno rade na spašavanju Večernji list
  46. ^ "Šund kao droga" - Boris Malagurski Politika Newspaper
  47. ^ "Zelene i crvene zone" - Boris Malagurski Politika Newspaper
  48. ^ Битка је у нама Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 1 November 2010
  49. ^ Дневник 2010 Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 19 October 2010
  50. ^ Моја држава, моја револуција Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 14 October 2010
  51. ^ a b Malagurski on the status of Serbs in the world 43min on
  52. ^
  53. ^ Boris Malagurski: Resistance is a matter of common sense
  54. ^ Using alternative paths to get to North Kosovo Politika, October 31, 2011[dead link]
  55. ^ We're afraid of Belgrade, not KFOR Pravda newspaper, October 30, 2011
  56. ^ Protest ispred RTS-a RTS
  57. ^ RTS odbio da prikaže film Težina lanaca Kurir
  58. ^ "Protest ispred zgrade RTS - Internet Archive". Archived from the original on August 27, 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  59. ^ "Kosovo and Metohija in the light of international law" Forum at the Assoc. of Students of Univ. of Belgrade Law Faculty
  60. ^ "Kosovo - Where is the solution?"
  61. ^ "How to get over stereotypes of bad boys" at F@M Sremski Karlovci
  62. ^ a b A parody of justice
  63. ^ a b Lagumi foruma i sudski epilozi
  64. ^ Hajrić, Dario (2 March 2014). "Insults and Insinuations". Peščanik. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  65. ^ "Worrying support". Vreme. April 3, 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  66. ^ Polemike | Akademski huligani - kako "građanska Srbija" poziva na linč Boris Malagurski,
  67. ^ Antić, Čedomir (13 March 2014). "Malagurski". Politika online. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  68. ^ "Letter of the World Bank Office in Serbia to UNS". Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS). Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  69. ^ "Boris Malagurski replies to Vesna Kostic on his Facebook page". Facebook. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  70. ^ Young European Filmmakers Palić International Film Festival, 2005
  71. ^ a b "2009 winners of Silver Palm". Mexico International Film Festival. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  72. ^ RTV - Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Radio Television Vojvodina, May 11, 2009
  73. ^ Kosovo: Možete li da zamislite? (30 min), Četvrtak 7. maj 2009.
  74. ^ "El peso de las cadenas" Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
  75. ^ [2] MIFF Schedule, End of World Showcase
  76. ^ [3]
  77. ^ Festival of documentary film at Novi Sad Cultural Centre
  78. ^ The Weight of Chains in Novi Sad Radio Television Vojvodina
  79. ^ "BELDOCS" on a tour throughout Serbia
  80. ^ [4] Raindance Balkan Cinema Strand 2011
  81. ^ Film Festival Brochure 2013 Serbian Film Festival at Montecasino
  82. ^ Balkan New Film Festival 2014
  83. ^ The Weight Of Chains
  84. ^ The Serbian Film festival at Montecasino
  85. ^ Balkan New Film Festival 2014
  86. ^ Težina lanaca 2 / The Weight of Chains 2 2015 - 8th Subversive Festival
  87. ^ The Weight of Chains 2 Raindance Film Festival

External links[edit]

Official websites