Seven Thousand 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, writen by a Dutch journalist Henri Aber in 1919. The descendants of soldiers 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 59 minutes.
Director: Sanjin Mirić (born in Visoko, BiH, permanent residence in the Czech Republic)
Production: RODOLJUB z.s. Czech-Serbian Friendship Association Prague

  • Sanjin Miric, MA
    Director
  • Sanjin Miric, MA
    Writer
  • Vit Hlasensky
    Writer
  • RODOLJUB z.s.
    Producer
  • Sanjin Miric
    Producer
  • Jelena Ciric
    Key Cast
    “Klara Linhart”
  • Lordan Zafranovic
    Key Cast
    “Georg Langer”
  • priest Srdjan Jablanovic
    Key Cast
    “priest Ljubodrag Jovanovic”
  • Vid Lukovic
    Key Cast
  • Natalie Zelinska
    Key Cast
  • Zuzana Hruskova
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sedam hiljada duša / Sedm tisíc duší
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 23, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic, Serbia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Paris Play Film Festival
    Paris, France
    France
    August 30, 2020
    France Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • ZLATNA BUKLIJA International film festival
    Velika Plana
    Serbia
    October 2, 2020
    GRAND PRIX
  • Leonid Khromov International Film Festival
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    November 14, 2020
    FINALIST
  • Rome Independent Prisma Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    October 5, 2020
    Semi-Finalist
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival
    Nassau, US
    United States
    August 23, 2020
    American Premiere
    OUTSTANDING EXCELLENCE - Docs Without Borders Film Festival - Summer 2020
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    La Jolla, CA
    United States
    August 25, 2020
    AWARDS of MERIT SPECIAL MENTION
  • Sweden Film Awards
    Norrbottens län
    Sweden
    September 6, 2020
    Best First Documentary
  • European Film Festival (Mainstream & Underground)
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    October 2, 2020
    Russian Premiere
    FINALIST - Documentary
  • Prague International Monthly Film Festival
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    April 23, 2021
    Honorable Mention: First-Time Director (Feature)
  • Kosice International Monthly Film Festival
    Kosice
    Slovakia
    September 30, 2020
    3rd BEST FEATURE Documentary
  • The IndieFEST Film Awards
    La Jolla, CA
    United States
    November 4, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Blacksphere festival
    Praha
    Czech Republic
    June 21, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Oniros Film Awards®
    Saint-Vincent,Italy
    Italy
    September 6, 2020
    Italy Premiere
    Best Historical / War Film
  • Varese International Film Festival
    Varese, VA
    Italy
    May 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Best Director Award

    September 24, 2020
    FINALIST
  • OUT OF THE CAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Derby
    United Kingdom
    October 24, 2020
    Official Selection
  • BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL
    Salvador
    British Indian Ocean Territory
    November 5, 2020
    Brazil Premiere
    Official Selection
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    May 25, 2021
    Best Documentary
  • Falcon International Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 13, 2020
    Best DIRECTOR
  • Falcon International Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 13, 2020
    Best CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • Near Nazareth Festival
    Afula
    Israel
    December 4, 2020
    Israel Premiere
    FINALIST
  • Eastern Europe Film Festival
    Craiova
    Romania
    December 2, 2020
    Romanian Premiere
    FINALIST
  • Stockholm City Film Festival
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    December 10, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Accord Cine Fest

    January 4, 2021
    Best Foreign Feature
  • Accord Cine Fest

    January 4, 2021
    Best Debut Director Feature
  • Accord Cine Fest

    January 4, 2021
    Best Cinematographer Feature
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    January 4, 2021
    BEST DIRECTING
  • 1st Monthly Film Festival
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    January 5, 2021
    Best Medium Documentary Length Film
  • 1st Monthly Film Festival
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    January 5, 2021
    Best First Time Director
  • 1st Monthly Film Festival
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    January 5, 2021
    Best Original Screenplay
  • 1st Monthly Film Festival
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    January 5, 2021
    Best Production
  • 1st Monthly Film Festival
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    January 5, 2021
    Special Mention Cinematography
  • 1st Monthly Film Festival
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    January 5, 2021
    Special Mention Poster
  • Stockholm City Film Festival
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    January 8, 2021
    Best 1st Documentary
  • Continental Film Awards

    January 24, 2021
    Best European Cinematographer Feature
  • Golden Wheat Awards
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    March 1, 2021
    Best Production
  • Best Indie Film Award
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 30, 2021
    Best Historical Film
  • Best Indie Film Award
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 30, 2021
    Best War Film
  • London International Monthly Film Festival London
    London
    United Kingdom
    February 1, 2021
    Best Costume Design
  • London International Monthly Film Festival London
    London
    United Kingdom
    February 1, 2021
    Honorable Mention
  • Pápa International Historical Film Festival
    Pápa
    Hungary
    November 12, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Ogeechee International History Film Festival
    Ogeechee
    United States
    February 21, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Creation International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 28, 2021
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Gold Movie Awards ®
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 9, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • Best Documentary Award
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 30, 2021
    Finalist
  • Super Indie Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 21, 2021
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Super Indie Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 21, 2021
    Best Director Feature Film
  • Super Indie Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 21, 2021
    Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • ISAFF
    Saint-Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    March 27, 2021
    Best War Film
  • Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    March 27, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • Vesuvius International Monthly Film Fest
    Napoli
    Italy
    March 31, 2021
    Best Documentary Film
  • Reale Film Festival - Monthly Awards
    Milano
    Italy
    March 31, 2021
    Best Documentary Film
  • Assurdo Film Festival - Monthly awards
    Milano
    Italy
    March 31, 2021
    Best Documentary
  • The IndieFEST Film Awards
    La Jolla, CALIFORNIA
    United States
    April 17, 2021
    2020 Humanitarian Awards, AWARD of DISTINCTION
  • Unrestricted View Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 2, 2021
    Nominee: Best Documentary
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    May 5, 2021
    Best Director
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    May 5, 2021
    Best Documentary
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    May 5, 2021
    Best War Film
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami, Florida
    United Kingdom
    May 5, 2021
    Honorable Mention: Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Serbian International Monthly Film Carnival
    Prokuplje
    Serbia
    April 30, 2021
    Best Director
  • Serbian International Monthly Film Carnival
    Prokuplje
    Serbia
    April 30, 2021
    Best Historical Film
  • Serbian International Monthly Film Carnival
    Prokuplje
    Serbia
    April 30, 2021
    Best Cinematography
  • The Gladiator Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    May 7, 2021
    Best Documentary
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    May 12, 2021
    India Premiere
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    May 12, 2021
    India Premiere
    Best Feature Director
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    May 12, 2021
    India Premiere
    Special Mention Award, Best Writer
Distribution Information
  • RODOLJUB z.s.
    Sales Agent
    Country: Czech Republic
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Sanjin Miric, MA

Sanjin Mirič, 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 joined the Zenica cinema club "Nedeljko Radić", where he began to make his own amateur films, which were 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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A film that I owed to my nation.