Running with the Refugees

Running with the Refugees is a documentary travelogue around the Balkans, shot in the summer of 2015, at the beginning of the refugee crisis. Kaja, Matija and Raif set off from Sarajevo to Thessaloniki with the aim of finding refugee groups to join on their journey to Zagreb and the Schengen border. Along the way, they interviewed residents of the countries they passed through, noting their opinions about refugees, but also the ways of life in those areas.

  • Future Yugoslavia
  • Kaja Šišmanović
  • Matija Hajdarhodžić
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Documentary series, Travelogue, Reportage
  • Runtime:
    3 hours 40 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Language:
    Croatian, English
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Kaja Šišmanović

Kak' je doma, documentary short
- Free Zone / FadeIn, 2012.
- screenplay, direction, camera

Moga sinka Janka, potjera (chase)
- ADU, 2013.
- screenplay and direction

Rock and roll for home advice, TV report
- ADU, 2013.
- screenplay and direction

Ljetovanje na Marsu, pilot episode for a TV show
- HAYSHISH / ADU, 2017, Matija Hajdarhodžić
- directing

Uživateljska emisija, pilot episode for a TV show
- HAYSHISH, 2018, Matija Hajdarhodžić
- directing

Strike Back, TV series
- HBO / Left Bank Pictures / Embassy Films, 2019.
- art department assistant

Nestali, TV series
- HRT / Clinica, 2020, Joško Lokas / Kristijan Milić
- third assistant director

The Upper Town, feature film (in post-production)
- HAYSHISH / ADU, 2020, Matija Hajdarhodžić
- directing

Running with the Refugees, docu web series
- HAYSHISH / Future Yugoslavia, 2020.
- concept, camera, editing

Crno-bijeli svijet, TV series
- HRT / Interfilm, 2020, Goran Kulenović and Igor Mirković
- casting director

Škola koja (ne) postoji, short feature film
- PLAYBOX production, 2021, Karlo Gagulić
- casting director, assistant director, script

Medika Diaries, docu web series
- HAYSHISH / Future Yugoslavia, 2021, Smiljka Guštak
- concept / editing

Nomination, mystery doc (in post-production)
- HAYSHISH, 2021.
- concept / editing

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