Let There Be Light
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This astounding feature debut of director Dana Budisavljević arrives at ZFF after receiving standing ovations at the Pula Film Festival Arena. Deeply troubled by the persecution of mothers and children in Nazi-occupied Croatia, Austrian housewife Diana Budisavljević embarks on a perilous campaign, rescuing more than 10 000 children from ill-famed Ustasha camps. Initially working in her favour, Diana’s Austrian descent later becomes a burden, and the eventual reason why one of the greatest humanitarian stories of WWII was left untold. The film won a series of awards at Pula, including the ones for Best Film, Best Director and the Audience Award.
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Made her directorial debut with the documentary Straight A’s (2004), achieving wider acclaim with a coming-out story, Family Meals (2012). Producer of the documentary series Slumbering Concrete, directed by S. Ban and films like I Like That Super Most the Best by E. Kraljević and J. Lerotić’s Then I See Tanja, etc. The Diary of Diana B. is her feature debut.