Regional Competition

There Once Was The Land Of Hard-Working People

Urša Menart
Screening time  
26.02. / Tuesday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2  
28.02. / Thursday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
02.03. / Saturday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
Documentary film about Slovene pop culture in the 80‘s.

From 1977 to 1991 an image of Slovenia as a green, demilitarised and peaceful country of diligent people reigned in Yugoslavia, a country where differences are not only allowed, but also desired. This period ends with a ten-day war, when the identity turns from peacefulness, modesty and diligence into courage and a fighting spirit. The film documents the changes in Slovenia and its inhabitants, which have in recent years brought us to a completely different understanding of national identity, different from the one which was true in Slovenia as well as abroad twenty years ago.


Urša Menart

Urša Menart was born in Ljubljana in 1985. She enrolled in film and television directing at the University of Ljubljana, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in 2003 and graduated in 2010. She made short films and worked as an assistant director since 2008. She attended the 7th Berlinale Talent Campus at the International Film Festival in Berlin in 2009. There Once Was a Land of Hard-Working People is her second documentary feature.

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2012, 78' 4'', video

Directed by:
Urša Menart

Screenplay by:
Urša Menart, Jani Sever

Darko Herič

Edited by:
Domen Ožbot

Jani Sever

Produced by:
Sever&Sever d.o.o.

Festivals & Awards:

Festival of Slovenian Film 2012