|24.02. / Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3
What do a happy childhood and healthy growing up look like? Are they possible in a society which has not yet reached its own maturity?
Children of Transition portrays the growing up of David, Natalija, Lana and Marta. After a great performance observed by FC Barcelona talent scouts, eight- year-old David, dubbed by the media as "the Messi of Slavonski Brod", impatiently awaits to be called to La Masia. Eleven-year-old Natalija is a girl from a modest family who doesn't have a smartphone and other trendy things, and because of that, she is bullied by her classmates and forced to change schools. Six-year-old Lana spends her days changing clothes, putting on make up, dancing and playing games on her phone. Fifteen-year-old Marta's teens are filled with bullying in school and on social media, until it becomes too much to bear.
Matija Vukšić (1982, Čakovec – 2019, Zagreb) earned his degree in Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. He worked as a journalist and editor in the news programme of the Croatian Radiotelevision. He graduated in Documentary Film Directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in 2011. He wrote and directed documentary films Benjamin (2009), Happy Croatian in Bucharest (2010), Iroquois (2010) and Children of Transition (2014) and the short fiction film, The Cleaning Lady (2017). Benjamin, a story about a 17-year-old Roma boy in search of his identity, won the Grand Prix at the Early Bird Festival in Sofia and the Second Prize at the Fibula Documentary Film Review in Sisak. It was shortlisted for the Best Documentary Award of the CILECT International Film School Association and screened at ZagrebDox, Croatian Film Days, Rolling Film Festival, SEE a Paris Festival, Filofest Ljubljana, Sarajevo Student Film Festival, F.R.K.A Film Review as well as in the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival. Iroquois, a biopic about boxer Željko Mavrović, and Children of Transition were shown at ZagrebDox and Croatian Film Days, among other festivals.