20 years of Factum

Drinking Water and Freedom III

Rajko Grlić
Screening time  
03.03. / Friday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
Three-decade long story about water, well and freedom.

In 1973, a one-minute documentary entitled Drinking Water and Freedom was made. Its broadcasting was banned by the Croatian Film Commission. Thirteen years later, a sequel came out. While it is a story about the fate of its predecessor, it also tells us about the fate of one well and one stone slab – the objects that caused the ban of the first film. In the late 1990s, Rajko Grlić made a second sequel to this three-decade long story about water, well and freedom.


Rajko Grlić

Rajko Grlić was born in Zagreb in 1947. He graduated directing at FAMU in Prague. He directed and co-wrote nine fiction features, most of which had international distributions and screened in official competition at various international film festivals. He is the recipient of more than fifty prestigious international awards. He also produced and wrote screenplays for nine fiction features and two TV series. He has received various recognitions for screenwriting, including the UNESCO Award, FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Peter Kastner Award. He has also directed three documentary series and several short films. He wrote, directed and produced the CR-ROM project: How To Make Your Movie: An Interactive Film School, which won eight international prizes, such as the Grand Award for Best Multimedia Project at the New York Film Festival in 1998. He teaches at Ohio University in Athens, USA, is the artistic director of Motovun Film Festival and director of the Imaginary Academy in Grožnjan. He directed and co-wrote the following feature films: The Constitution (2016), Just Between Us (2010), Border Post (2006), Josephine (2002), Croatia 2000: Who Wants to Be a President (documentary, co-written with Igor Mirković, 2001), Charuga (1991), That Summer of White Roses (1989), Three For Happiness (1986), In the Jaws of Life (1984), You Love Only Once (1981), Bravo Maestro (1978) and If It Kills Me (1974).

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Pitka voda i sloboda III

1999, 14'

Directed by:
Rajko Grlić

Screenplay by:
Rajko Grlić

Živko Zalar, Enes Midžić, Slobodan Trninić

Edited by:
Rajko Grlić, Mirna Supek, Ed Talavera

Nenad Puhovski, Ljupče Đokić

Produced by:
Factum, Zagreb film, Filmoteka 16

Festivals & Awards:

Days of Croatian Film – Jury’s Special Mention for Artistic Contribution; ZagrebDox 2007; Alpe Adria Cinema 2000; Trieste International Film Festival 2002; Videopolis 2002