Controversial Dox

The Serbian Lawyer

Aleksandar Nikolić
Screening time  
27.02. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
01.03. / Sunday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 1  
Ten years after fleeing the regime in Serbia, Marko finds himself defending some of the very people that he fought against while he lived there, including the notorious Radovan Karadzic.

Taking place over the 4 years of the Karadzic trial, the film follows Marko's journey from an idealistic young lawyer to a doubt-ridden veteran. As Marko comes face to face with people who have lost family and friends during the war, he can no longer hide behind the lawyer's mask. Various theories, ballistics reports and conflicting histories which he has been examining in the Hague, are no longer abstract pieces of evidence, they are real people's lives. Suddenly Marko's job begins to seep into all aspects of his personal life. His marriage to a Slovenian wife, from the opposite side of the Yugoslavs wars, is pushed to the breaking point, his relationship with his liberal friends in Belgrade becomes strained and Marko is forced to re-examine his own role in the trial and his attitudes to war and guilt. Is he helping the reconciliation or is he just deepening the rifts? Is he seeking out truth or is he distorting it? Does truth even exist?


Aleksandar Nikolić

Aleksandar Nikolic was born in 1979 in Belgrade. In 1991, together with his family, he moved to London where he continued his education and eventually graduated with a master's degree in computer graphics. After university, he found work in film and TV post-production as both editor and sound editor, on a large number of documentary, corporate and short films including some projects for BBC and PBS. He has written and directed five short films which have been screen at various international film festivals. In 2009 he founded a production company Perfect Splice.

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The Serbian Lawyer

Great Britain
2014, 82', DCP

Directed by:
Aleksandar Nikolić

Screenplay by:
Aleksandar Nikolić

Aleksandar Nikolić, Caspar Brink

Edited by:
Aleksandar Nikolić

Enrica Sciandrone

Gregor Streiber

Produced by:
Inselfilm produktion

Festivals & Awards:

Jilhava International Documentary Film Festival 2014; Kassler Dokfest 2014