Nikola Lorenzin

Where Rivers Meet

Belgrade Waterfront construction site. Belgrade Waterfront is a project supported by the Serbian government with involvement of the United Arab Emirates based company Eagle Hills. The project, which will consist mostly of luxury apartments valued for 3000 euros - far exceeding the average Serbian salary - has attracted skepticism and a lot of critics which joined in the protest movement Ne da(vi)mo Beograd (Don't sink Belgrade).

Where Rivers Meet

The series has been developed during the research and filming phases of the short documentary "kûtɕa", co-directed with Niccolò Natali and produced by Santabelva. The movie has been screened during the 65. Martovski Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Belgrade.

In the series, a linear geographic limitation is imposed by the author with the purpose of highlighting the contrasts and contraddictions contained within the mosaic of events found on the way along river Sava up to the point where it meets the Danube.

2016

Ivan Timotijević preparing a coffee in his house, the last and only that hasn’t been demolished yet in the area where Belgrade Waterfront is going to rise. He spent 32 years of his life there and is fighting now in court for obtaining a new place where to live.

Ivan showing us an old photo of him and his peach tree in front the house.

A portrait of Ivan in front of his house.

The 26 of August 2016 was the date the government set the demolishing of Ivan's house. He decided not to move and a lot of journalists came both to document the situation, both to support his cause. 

Between the bus and the almost abandoned train station of Belgrade many migrants - mainly fleeing from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan - found a place where to sleep while waiting for their opportunity to reach the European Union.

A boy having his hair cut before going to the Hungarian border to try his 'game'. A game is what a smuggler plays with a refugee, betting that he will cross the border.

An afghan migrant having a shower in the area of the semi-abandoned train station of Belgrade.

An Afghan boy packed all his stuff before going to the Hungarian border to try his 'game'. A game is what a smuggler plays with a refugee, betting that he will cross the border.

Migrants camping in the abandoned train station of Belgrade.

The Blaywatch splav, one of the most popular folk and turbo-folk clubs in Belgrade. A splav is a construction on the river used as a club, restaurant or bar. Splavs are at the center of Belgradian night life.

Boris Stjepanović, a pop folk/turbofolk singer that performs every week at Blaywatch splav on river Sava.

Some of the crowd of Blaywatch splav.

Nebojša Bogdanović aka Dj Schwabe, a daytime lawyer and night-time co-founder and dj of the electronic music splav 20/44.

Early morning hours at the end of a long night at 20/44 splav. 20/44 is a reference for the underground electronic scene of Belgrade.

A private splav in front of the War Island (Ratno Ostrvo) that is going to be converted into a hostel.

Abdullah showing us the resistance of his fishing net.

Abdullah showing us an old photo of him in the army.

Abdullah, an 80 year old fisherman, showing us his tattoo of Gina Lollobrigida.

One of the many holiday houses of the War Island (Ratno Ostrvo). This is where the Sava and the Danube meet.

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