A Letter to Dad

dir. Srdjan Keca

“Hey Dad, you died suddenly.” The filmmaker, trying to make sense of the way his father chose to die, opens several boxes, all that is left behind. The forgotten photos, letters and home videos take the film back to 1970s Yugoslavia, when his parents became lovers. But the journey through the years, to family members, lost friends and places, reveals the lingering horrors of the recent Balkan wars still tearing people and families apart.

A film that, in the most immediate way, questions the individual responsibility of ordinary people caught in the winds of war.

(2011 / UK, Serbia / HD / 48′)


Festivals and Awards

Official Selection – IDFA 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Official Selection – Full Frame Documentary Festival 2012, Durham, USA
Best Balkan Documentary – Dokufest 2011, Prizren, Kosovo
Best Serbian Documentary – BELDOCS 2012, Belgrade, Serbia
FIPRESCI Serbia Best Documentary – BELDOCS 2012, Belgrade, Serbia
Silver Eye Award Nominee 2011 – Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic
International Documentary Competition – Trieste Film Festival 2012, Trieste, Italy
Official Selection – Filmfestival goEast 2012, Wiesbaden, Germany
London International Documentary Festival 2012, London, UK
Crossing Europe 2012, Linz, Austria
Neisse Film Festival 2012, Neisse, Germany
Cronograf 2012, Chisinau, Moldova
Tempo Documentary Film Festival 2012, Stockholm, Sweden
Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Human Rights Film Festival 2011, Zagreb, Croatia
Free Zone Film Festival 2011, Belgrade, Serbia


Directed, produced and filmed by: Srdjan Keca
Editor: Katherine Lee
Sound postproduction: Tudor Petre
Original music by: Alcyona Mick
Colorist: Belgin Kaplan