Female directors in Croatian documentary production

Naked Island

Tiha K. Gudac

Some sixty years ago, a man went missing for four years. He returned a changed man, carrying a painful secret. He built his family’s life around this unspoken secret - talking about the past was not allowed. It was his granddaughter, the director of this film, who first started asking questions, wanting to find out what lay hidden beneath her grandfather’s scar-covered body ever since childhood. However, he died without revealing the entire story to anyone. Naked Island is an investigation built upon the ruins of the past, a mosaic made up of clues – family photos and intimate testimonies of a tight-knit group of people who were brought together by the same place, a political prison in ex-Yugoslavia, also known as an island of broken souls, and the consequences which the place left on three generations.


Tiha K. Gudac

Tiha Gudac, born in 1982 in Zagreb, is a filmmaker based in Croatia, where she works as a director, scriptwriter and a producer. She has a Master’s degree in Film Production and an MA in Business Marketing. As a director, scriptwriter and researcher she works primarily on documentary projects. As a producer she has independently produced and worked on fiction, documentary, and animated films and commercial and TV formats, some of which have received awards. Her directorial debut came with Naked Island (2014), screened at 2015 ZagrebDox, which went on to receive numerous international festival awards, and has had international theatrical, TV and educational distribution. As a guest lecturer she teaches documentary project development and commercial TV production. She is a member of the Croatia Film Directors’ Guild, Film Artists' Association of Croatia and Croatian Independent Artists Association.

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2014, 75'

Directed by:
Tiha K. Gudac

Screenplay by:
Tiha Gudac

Eva Kraljević, Tamara Cesarec, Srđan Kovačević, Tiha Gudac

Edited by:
Dragan Petrović

Dubravko Robić

Nenad Puhovski

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 – Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary Film
Zagreb Film Festival 2014 – Special Mention Documentary Film
Međunarodni filmski festival u Trstu 2014 – Trieste Film Festival – CEI Award 
Sofia International Film Festival 2015 – Special Mention
Liburnia Film Festival 2015 – Best film, Best editing
Documentary Film Festival Ljubljana – Amnesty International Slovenia Award for Best Documentary
Martovski Festival – Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival 2015 – Golden Medal for Best Director, Audience Award, Golden Medal for Best Production
International Film Festival Cinema City 2015 – Audience award, Special mention in Fresh Danube Films selection
Dokufest 2014
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2015
Vilnius Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" 2015
Open City London Documentary Film Festival 2015
Pula Film Festival 2015
Aye-Aye International Film Festival Nancy-Lorraine 2015
LET’S CEE Film Festival 2015
Eastern Neighbours Film Festival 2015
Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles 2015
Festival filma o ljudskim pravima Ubrzaj 2014


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