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The Diary of Diana B. Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević

Dana Budisavljević / Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia / 2019 / 88 min / Croatian, German

A docu-fiction about an astonishing rescue campaign that helped save the lives of numerous children during WWII. Winner of six awards at the 2019 Pula Film Festival.

festivals, awards Pulj/Pula 2019 (Best Film, Best Director, Audience Award, Best Editing, Best Music, FEDEORA Award), Portorož 2019

IMDb

The story follows a remarkable rescue campaign that took place in Zagreb during World War II. It is a story about a woman who, with a handful of her closest associates, saved more than 10,000 children from certain death in the infamous camps established by the Ustashi, collaborators of the Nazi Germany. For a long time, her name was erased from history, as her remarkable deeds were attributed to others. Her identity remained unknown even to the children whose lives she saved. Her name is Diana Budisavljević.

 “I don't know about Slovenia, but in Croatia revisionism is highly present. Society is divided into the Ustashi and the Partisans. /.../ I think the mission of this film is to put things back in their proper place through a humanitarian story, the story of Diana Budisavljević who pledged political allegiance neither to the Ustashi nor the Communists. Things get resolved through her story, through the rescue of children from the Independent State of Croatia’s camp. I think that after this movie no one will ever be able to say that there were no camps or racial laws. And also, that the Communists after the war really acted as winners, that is, that they did not give credit to anyone else.” (Dana Budisavljević)

Dana Budisavljević
Born in 1975 in Zagreb. She graduated in film and TV editing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art. Budisavljević worked as an editor, production assistant and film festival organiser. She made her directorial debut in 2004 with the documentary Everything's Fine. The Diary of Diana B. is her first feature film.

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