7000 Souls

Serbia alone had lost a third of its entire population in the Great War, almost half its men.
This film talks about those that never returned home from the two biggest Austria-Hungarian prisoner camps on the territory of today's Czech Republic - Jindřichovice and Broumov.
A film that I owed to my nation.
SEVEN THOUSAND SOULS is a documentary - a feature film about the suffering of Serbian and Russian soldiers and interned civilians in Austro-Hungarian camps on the territory of today's Czech Republic, Jindrihovice and Broumov. The camps had about 500 facilities where there were about 60,000 prisoners of war.
Extremely difficult working conditions, no food, no shoes and clothes, winter and infectious diseases, all this affected the fact that 7,100 Serbs did not survive the camps. There is a mausoleum in Jindrihovice where the remains are
victims of these camps -7100 Serbs and 189 Russians. It is the second largest Serbian tomb in the world.
The film also contains memories of soldiers who survived the camps, which he wrote in 1919. Dutch journalist Henri Aber. The descendants of warriors from Serbia also speak in the film.

The topic of Serbian prisoners and internees from the First World War is a neglected topic and even today, during the first centenary of the end of the First World War, they are completely forgotten and this injustice has not been corrected. From the time of the war, it seems that they could not fit into that, say, warrior, liberation narrative, where, above all, a soldier with a rifle in his hand was valued. If you look at any Serbian military monument, it is usually a soldier holding a rifle that is raised high. We have only a couple of sculptures of Serb civilians who died ... there are no monuments or they are very rare that generally concern the role of civilians, let alone civilians who were in slavery.
But, as defined by the military legislation, a prisoner is someone who, by force of circumstances, ended up in captivity and he continues to perform his military duty. We can say the same for the civilian internees, that they were citizens of the Kingdom of Serbia who remained to be citizens even though they were faced with these completely unexpected and terrible opportunities. It is very unfortunate that, practically, for a whole century, they remain outside the collective memory of the Serbian people, even though it is a very dramatic suffering, I just think that these people were unfairly marginalized and almost thrown out of our general perception of the First World War.

The film stars Lordan Zafranović, Jelena Ćirić, priest Srdjan Jablanović, etc.
and the narrator is Jim High (english version), Jan Kacer (czech version), Tihomir Stanic (serbian version), Mihal Fedorov (russian version).
Duration 62 minutes.
Director: Sanjin Miric (born in Visoko, BiH, permanent residence in the Czech Republic)
Production: RODOLJUB z.s. Czech-Serbian Friendship Association Prague

  • Sanjin Miric
    Director
  • Sanjin Miric, MA
    Writer
  • Vit Hlasensky
    Writer
  • Rodoljub z.s.
    Producer
  • Jelena Ciric
    Key Cast
    "Klara Linhart"
  • Lordan Zafranovic
    Key Cast
    "Georg Langer"
  • priest Srdjan Jablanovic
    Key Cast
    "priest Ljubodrag Jovanovic"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    7000 duší
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic, Serbia
  • Language:
    Czech, English, German, Serbian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • MADRIFF • Madrid Indie Film Festival
    Madrid
    Spain
    September 17, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    October 16, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Serbest International Film Festival
    Kishinev
    Moldova, Republic of
    September 23, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Andromeda Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    September 30, 2021
    Winner
Distribution Information
  • RODOLJUB z.s.
    Sales Agent
    Country: Czech Republic
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Sanjin Miric

Sanjin Miric, MA
Born in 1961. in Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has lived in Zenica (BaH) since 1962. He finished high school there and after graduation he enrolled at the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo.
From high school he followed domestic and foreign cinematography and filmmaking, and because of that he joined the Zenica cinema club "Nedeljko Radić", where he began to make his own amateur films, which he presented at many amateur film festivals throughout the former Yugoslavia and abroad, for which he received a large number of Grand Prix awards and the title of Master of Amateur Film.
He passed the entrance exam and was admitted to the Department of Documentary Directing at the Film Academy in Prague (FAMU), which he successfully completed with a diploma thesis and a graduation film in 1991. Since then, he has worked on all major television stations in Prague, mostly directing publicist and entertainment shows, and is the author of several documentaries. He has lived and worked in Prague since 1987.
He worked for Radio Free Europe as a director of TV shows intended for Bosnia and Herzegovina and made here total of 32 30-minutes political periodics. He worked on making daily publicistic show by TV Prima - AKTA 97, made few documentary films for ČT (Czech Television) within the project „Třicet případů majora Zemana – jak to bylo doopravdy“ and worked as a director of publicistic shows on TV NOVA Občanské judo, Na vlastní oči, Prásk, Peříčko...
He works in ČT as a director of TV show Taxík and Černé ovce.

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Director Statement

A film that I owed to my nation.