Cross Border Experience video-film (2011)

Production: Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia in  partnership with Centre for Peace Studies, Zagreb, Croatia and Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey

Executive Production: KITCH – Institute of Art Production and Research, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Director, Camera and Editing: Boris Petkovič

Assistant: Tomaž Pavkovič

Translations: Mirella Habr, Martin Berishaj, Ana Frank

Sound Design: Peter Žerovnik

Concept, Producer and Excutive Producer: Lana Zdravković

Local organisation and help

Croatia: Petra Jurlina and Mirjana Mikić (Centre for Peace Studies, Zagreb)

Serbia: Aleksandra Sekulić and Borka Pavićević (Centre for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade); Jovan Bačkulja; Eva Dinić (Autonomous Cultural Centre, Niš)

Kosovo: Nexmedin Spahiu (RTV Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica); Alban Muja; Jeton Neziraj

Macedonia: Violeta Kachakova and Natasha Dimitrievska (Lokomotiva, Skopje); Zoran Jordanov (Egal, Skopje), Jasmina Bilalovik (Media Artes, Ohrid)

Albania: Leart Kola (Institute Antonio Gramsci, Tirana)

Montenegro: Zoran Bojović (Zabjelo Republic, Podgorica)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Danijela Dugandžić Živanović (CRVENA, Sarajevo), Kristina Ćorić (OKC Abrašević, Mostar)

Turkey: Mehmet Ekinci (TESEV, Istanbul)

Thanks to: KameraTI, DZMP – Luksuz Production, Katja Kobolt, Jure Meden, Nenad Jelesijević, Gordan Bosanac, Dilek Kurban, Esra Bakkalbaşıoğlu and many others

Special thanks to: Karpo Godina


Boris Petkovič graduated in 2005 from EICAR film school in Paris, France where he continued as a lecturer for three years. In 2008 he came back to Ljubljana, Slovenia where he works as a freelance film director.

His engagement as a screenwriter and director include: short film “Election Silence”, Emotionfilm Slovenia, 2009; feature film “” (also producer and editor), Wild Angles France / Gustavfilm Slovenia, 2006; feature omnibus film “Desperado Tonic” with 3 young Slovenian directors, Emotionfilm Slovenia, 2004; short film “Touche” (also editor), EICAR France, 2004; short film “Sstress”, Emotionfilm Slovenia, 2003; short film “Director’s Cut” (also editor), Emotionfilm Slovenia, 2001; short film “Naprej” (also producer), ORNG Movie Slovenia, 1998; short video film “Escape”, JMV Slovenia, 1995.

He is an author of several documentaries: “The Year of Hip Hop” (screenwriter/ director/ cameraman / editor), DZMP Slovenia, 2010; “Roma Neighbour” (screenwriter/ director/ cameraman / editor), DZMP Slovenia, 2009;

“100% Luksuz” (screenwriter/ director/ editor), DZMP Slovenia, 2008; “Po noči, Svit” – documentary portrait of Slovenian-French writer Brina Svit (screenwriter/ director/ editor/ cameraman), TV Slovenia, 2008; “Devil’s Colony” – feature length documentary about the last leper’s colony in Europe (screenwriter/director), Bela Film Slovenia, 2005; “Frontiers of My World” – documentary about Western Sahrawians (co-screenwriter / cameraman / director), Bindweed Soundvision / TV SLO, Slovenia, 2003; 19 docu-fiction broadcasts “Odklop” (director & co-screenwriter), Mangart Slovenia, 1997-1999; “Ten Years Free 48” (director & screenwriter), JMV Slovenia, 1996. 

Awards for his work include: 1st prize, Festival of Slovenian and Italian Videoclips Mirano 2001 (“Hihat – The Stroj” – video clips); 1st prize, Festival of Independent Film and Video Ljubljana 1996 (“10 Years Free 48” – best documentary); Prize Viktor Ljubljana 1999 (“Odklop” – best documentary TV broadcast in Slovenia); 1st prize, Festival of Independent Film and Video Ljubljana 1996 (“Escape” – best fiction); 2nd Prize, Break 21 – Independent Festival of Young Artists Ljubljana 1998 (“Naprej” – short films); Prize Centaur, International Debut Competition St. Petersburg 1999 (“Naprej” – short films).

Tomaž Pavkovič is a cameraman, director and multimedia artist, working under the name Log. He also works as a VJ for the band The Lift and is involved with various artists in the field of digital culture, as well as being a resident VJ at Club K4 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2005 he organized the first festival – Moving Frescoes in Sevnica Castle in Slovenia where he gathered most of the major VJs from Slovenia and several prominent international guests. He is a co-founder of Luksuz Production (, non-commercial and independent film and video production house from Krško, Slovenia, where he is also engaged as a mentor for younger colleagues and is the author of several short films that were shown at various domestic and international film festivals.

His short documentary film “Patriot” (2009) has received three major awards at the Toti Film Festival in Maribor, Slovenia: best documentary film, best Slovenian film and a special award UNICA by the International Award Association of Filmmakers, which operates under the auspices of UNESCO since 1937.
In August 2009 he was the mentor for the International Film Workshop Don’t be a Stranger in Krško which was attended by 30 young people from 6 different countries. 15 short films were made to compete for prizes at the Stranger Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in October. Among 1028 films from all around the world, there were two films nominated from the workshop and Žiga Divjak’s film “Just Like Yesterday” also won the first prize in the About Me section. Tomaž was the companion of the young film makers from Slovenia and a mentor in the workshops at the Stranger Festival as well.

In July 2009 he was one of the trainers and companions of young filmmakers from Slovenia, who attended the 14-day forum YEFF! (Young European Forum for Cultural Diversity) Sweden 2009, which was attended by over 100 young people from 15 different countries.

As a mentor he was involved in the project Integration of Roma in Public Life Through the Media in 2008/09 with the support of the European Social Fund and the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and realized by the Luksuz Production, Krško. In this context, he mentored the 16-hour training for video workshops for young people with fewer opportunities.

In 2008 he participated in the British Council project Living Together, and in this context he attended a one-week training workshop for video trainers in Haifa, Israel, by the method of Digi Tales, developed by the BBC. With this he became licensed to conduct accredited mentor workshops which are primarily aimed at involving representatives of vulnerable and marginalized social groups in public life through the media. In 2008 and 2009 he carried out two workshops Digital Stories, which was attended by 19 representatives of minorities in Slovenia. The two-minute films have premiered in Kinodvor, Ljubljana.

In April 2008, in Amsterdam, he attended a 5-day training for video workshop trainers under the project Stranger. The project, organized by the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam, was selected by the European Commission as one of seven major projects of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

He was a mentor in the project Youth TV Magazine by the National Agency of the EU Youth in Action in 2008, chosen as the best program in Slovenia and nominated for an award at the European Youth Week in Brussels, Belgium.

In June 2006 he participated as a camera assistant in shooting a feature film in Paris, France titled “”, directed by Boris Petkovič.

Lana Zdravković is a researcher, publicist, political activist, cultural producer and artist. She is a PhD candidate (The Policy of Emancipation – a Thought-Practice of the Militant Subject) of political philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Fields of her research interest include: nation-state, national identity, nationalism, sovereignty, citizenship, ideology, migrations, social inequality, political engagement, emancipator praxes. She occasionally publishes and collaborates with Slovene media: daily Večer and Delo, Dialogi – Magazine for Culture and Society, ČKZ – Journal for the Criticism of Science and New Anthropology, Borec – Journal for History, Anthropology and Literatures, Mladina, Tribuna, Radio Student Ljubljana, Radio Student Maribor, Media Watch journal where she is also a member of the editorial board.

Since 2005 she works as a researcher at the Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, Ljubljana. At the Institute she participates in projects dealing with the issues like minorities, media policy, human rights and active political engagement. She is especially engaged in the field of Western Balkans.

Since 1999 she is active as an activist, performer, cultural producer and a co-founder of KITCH – Institute of Art Production and Research, Ljubljana. Fields of her artistic interest include: neoliberlization and economization of the art, critical artwork, pornography and art kitsch and trash art. She is particularly engaged in political performance and video-film. In 2008 she participated in the British Council project Living Together, and in this context attended a one-week workshop for video trainers in Haifa, Israel, by the method of Digi Tales, developed by the BBC. With this she acquired knowledge and methodology to conduct workshops which are primarily aimed at involving representatives of vulnerable and marginalized social groups in public life through the media.

Consequently, one of the significant KITCH projects was My Digital Story (2008-2010), funded by the European Social Fund and Slovene Ministry of Culture, having in focus the education of marginalized and vulnerable groups in the field of video-film based on Digi Tales method. The product was DVD with 7 politically and socially engaged documentaries. Video-films, together with the project presentation premiered in Kinodvor, Ljubljana, Slovenia. KITCH is currently developing a long term international research and art project Living on a Border with multimedia installations in public space: Permanent Waiting Room (2009) and You are the Third in the Queue (2010).