Private Project


  • Andrejka Skračić
  • Andrejka Skračić
  • Andrejka Skračić
  • Andrejka Skračić
  • Nataša Štokić
  • Johnvand
  • Ondondvo
  • Nkzdra
  • Metzik
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 19, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Croatia, Slovenia
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Andrejka Skračić

» I was born on 22nd July 1967. in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia. After graduating from Tolmin High School in 1986, I moved to Ljubljana. I became engaged in professional mountain climbing and took part in the expeditions to Patagonia (twice) and Yosemite Park, USA, where I started to film and edit documentary materials.
» From autumn 1994 to spring 1995 I attended the Film and Video Seminar / Laboratory organised by ZKOS (Alliance of Slovenia’s cultural associations). I participated in a number of documentary projects as a screenwriter, camerawoman, editor and director. Since 2001 I have been living in Split, Croatia, with my husband Mislav and daughter Vana.
» When I was young I thought that I would dedicate my life to literature – the only world of art that was available to me at the time. By the end of my high school days I fell in love with mountain climbing and had the opportunity to explore some of the most amazing scenery of our Blue Planet. It was the period when I searched for freedom and the meaning of life, when I encountered inspiring people, love, as well as difficult challenges and ordeal. I was not sure whether I should write, climb, make photographs... until I found myself in film. Actually, I could say that the film found me as I never thought I would start writing screenplays, learn how to use the camera, do the editing, become a director. It was a perfect twist of fate because making films has turned out to be the best way to express ideas and tell the stories that haunt me. I truly believe that the art of film can considerably contribute to the development of society and a better world.
» I am engaged in independent film and video projects.
» I like photography, writing poetry, mountain climbing and hiking, traveling.

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Director Statement

Ripening, a short video, was inspired by the eponymous poem which I wrote a long time ago and to which I have now added, through this visual component, a new dimension.
In the video we follow the author through two decades, from her childhood dreams, through adolescence, to thoughts and contemplations of a mature woman. The verses are accompanied by en face portraits from various stages of her life. By using black and white technique I wanted to illustrate the duality of the author's world, in which she projects the image of her animus into different men (a prince, a boy, a man) until she reaches the realisation of the value of her own personhood and freedom. It is only now, when she is finally a whole person, that her world fills with colour, and her perspective is changed – she can see a wider picture and, perhaps most importantly, gets named. The last frame shows her from behind, with a camera as her calling, and a view of the town in the distance – the world opening itself up in front of her.
The very title Ripening, and the name of the author, Andrejka, at the end of the video, are written in the same font size and take up the same position,thus leaving the impression of a completed story. The very name “Andrejka“ is spoken by a male voice, as a confirmation of her affirmation.
In addition to the narrator's voice, one can hear in the distance the sounds of the sea – a symbol of femininity, dynamics and metamorphosis.
In the end I would like to add that the portraits are shown in one part of the frame while the verse rolls in the other half, leaving one with the sense of looking at a book. Because it is only through knowledge and seeing through things that our lives can become enlightened and we can breathe freely. Only a mature and independent woman can see a man as her partner and not as a superior or idealised being.