27 Jul, 2021


DokuFest is delighted to announce a master class of award winning filmmaker Iva Radivojević at the festival.

Date: 11 August

Time: 10:30h

Place: KinoKlubi

“Life is always spectral, my life is always spectral, and in the trace is always life” - Akira Mizuta Lippit on Jacques Derrida

This masterclass will explore the idea of the Specter

who is at the same time both visible and invisible.

Perhaps haunting.

Both biographical and autobiographical.

The Specter is arrived at from elsewhere, an outside,

and all the while remains secret.

The eye, the narrating Specter, the gaze, reflection and self reflection are all components of the masterclass.

The masterclass is inspired by an essay titled “Derrida, Specters, Self-Reflection” by Akira Mizuta Lippit in which Life, Spectrality, and Autobiography are outlined as the elements of a secret cinema (and Derrida himself).

The class will dissect these elements to lean into the secret, and explore questions of dream logic and the mythical in my moving image work. It will include the world premiere of Gaàda (2021), a ‘process’ film assembled from footage I shot in pre-production for my new film Aleph.

With love,

Iva Radivojević, Lesbos, July 2021

Iva Radivojević was born in Belgrade and spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. She is an artist and filmmaker who currently divides her time between subarctic Alaska, Brooklyn and Lesbos. Her work presents itself as a collection of fragments {observations, poetry, images, sounds, melodies, languages} which collage together to connect into a ruminating whole. The work circles around displacement and belonging, seeking to connect to the metaphysical or the magical.

Iva’s films have screened and exhibited internationally, including New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, SXSW, DocLisboa, RIDM, Museum of Modern Art, NY, PBS and New York Times Op-Docs. The award-winning Evaporating Borders, her debut feature film, screened at DokuFest in 2014. She is the recipient of the Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship.