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Once Brothers

Michael Tolajian
Screening time  
03.03. / Četvrtak, 22:00 - 00:00 Dvorana 4  
The film is about two NBA basketball players Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic, who were strangers, who became teammates, roommates, friends, standout NBA players, who became estranged.

Once brothers, then enemies – their unity through the Yugoslavian national team and their immigrant experiences in America shattered by a war that redefined them according to their Serbian and Croatian roots. It’s a heartbreaking story, one that feels as if it should have been preventable at the same time that it seems utterly unavoidable, and it’s a credit to the filmmaker that we leave the documentary understanding and respecting the emotions and actions of both men. ‘Once Brothers’ is directed by Michael Tolajian, but it comes from the heart of Divac, who narrates the film while retracing his steps from the quiet Serbian town where he was born, to the gym where the Yugoslav national team trained, to the hotel in Los Angeles that was his first American home, to the streets of downtown Zagreb in Croatia, where Divac hadn’t set foot since before war broke out in 1991.

Michael Tolajian

Michael Tolajian filmski je redatelj i scenarist. Osim filma ‘Nekoć braća’, radio je na sportskim projektima o golfu, World Series of Poker te dvjema košarkaškim temama: ‘The Year of the Yao’ i ‘Whatever Happened to Michael Ray?’.

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Once Brothers

2010, 79', color, video

Directed by:
Michael Tolajian

Screenplay by:
Michael Tolajian

Michael Winik

Edited by:
Sean Kelly, Zak Levitt, Michael Tolajian

Joel Goodman

Zak Levitt, Sean Kelly, Steven Weintraub, Kori Davis Porter, Don Cheney, John Marion, Amanda Dwyer, Perry Crowell

Produced by:
NBA Entertainment