Edition 20: 6-14 August, 2021

Balkan Dox

Faith and Branko

Serbia, United Kingdom
2020 — 82 min / Colour

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Synopsis

This intimate story chronicles the relationship between musicians Faith and Branko over seven years. In 2011, Faith travels from England to Serbia to learn gypsy accordion. She meets Roma violinist Branko and despite language barriers, they fall in love through music. Captivated by their musical chemistry, they marry and take their duo abroad. As much as Faith is free-spirited and privileged, Branko is untraveled and attached to his family, but they each believe that the other will better their lives. The relationship is tested by the realisation of their differences and that music may be all they have in common.

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Directors' Biography

Catherine is an Irish director who completed an MA in Documentary Directing at NFTS, tutored by Kim Longinotto and Sean McAllister. She also has a background in Visual Anthropology. Her NFTS graduation film ‘Professional Foreigner’ premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest 2017, this film explores the bizarre jobs available to white people in India. In 2017, she directed a short documentary for BBC4 and the BFI called ‘Accents Speak Louder than Words’, about a Polish immigrant taking elocution lessons to sound British. Catherine has been drawn to themes such as culture clash, the immigrant experience, parallel perspectives and perceptions of the other. She tends to make intimate films and is equally drawn to moving stories and humour. Apart from directing independently, Catherine works as a DV director for TV broadcasters such as BBC and Channel 4.

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Director

Catherine Harte

Producer

Snezana Van Houwelingen

Cinematography

Catherine Harte

Editing

Dragan von Petrovic

Sound

Zoran Maksimovic

Screenings & Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom, 2020

DOK Leipzig , Germany, 2020

Hot Docs , Canada, 2021

Krakow FF, Czech Republic, 2021