The Serbian Banat's Hell

More than a year after media reports about the inhumane living and working conditions of Vietnamese workers at the construction site of the Chinese tire factory "Linglong", there is not enough official information about what actually happened for months in the industrial zone on the outskirts of Zrenjanin.

The events that marked the year 2021 in the grounds of the "Linglong" factory are told in the film "Hell on the Banat Land" by those who directly participated in it.

Their assessment is unique - the Chinese investor violated basic human rights and the rights of employees in Serbia, and made Vietnamese workers victims of human trafficking.

All Vietnamese workers returned to their country of origin. The state of Serbia did not protect them in any way. The question is who is next?

  • Darko Šper
  • Darko Šper
  • Vladimir Šper
  • Petar Medić
    Video and sound recorder
  • Predrag Novković
    Editing and post-production
  • Dinko Gruhonjić
    Program director
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  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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    HD, H264, 1920x 1080
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  • Student Project:
    May 1, 2023
    premiere in Serbia
Distribution Information
  • NDNV - Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina
    Country: Serbia
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Darko Šper

Editor at the Central Desk of Radio Television Vojvodina (before that, editor of the RTV Web portal for two years). He has been working at the Beta News Agency as a correspondent since 2001, with minor interruptions. Worked as a journalist at Radio Zrenjanin, correspondent at the daily newspapers Blic, Glas Javnosti and Građanski list, Radio B92 and ANEM. Worked in the press workshop of the civil sector and radio "Coyote" in Zrenjanin (2001 - 2005).
Collaborated with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network - reporting from Vojvodina and participated in the project of the NUNS Center for Investigative Journalism and published a text on corruption in the Serbian judiciary.
Winner of the award for investigative journalism within the project of the Independent Journalists of Vojvodina (NDNV) "Media and Local Self-Government". As a journalist of the Vojvodina Research and Analytical Center (VOICE), winner of the European Union Award for Investigative Journalism in Serbia in 2015 for a series of articles on the activities of neo-Nazis in Serbia.
He published more than 70 research, analytical and fact-checking texts for VOICE. Currently employed as the editor of the Fact-checking column.
For the production of the Independent Association of Journalists of Vojvodina, he shot several documentaries. For the film "Albanians are our sisters" with a group of film authors, the winner of the "Mirdita/Dobar dan" Festival award.
President of the Branch Syndicate of Culture, Art and Media "Nezavisnost". Since 2016, chief trustee of the Trade Union Nezavisnost JMU RTV.

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Director Statement

And while untouchable officials and powerful people have their own version of the story, which, as usual, irresistibly resembles gaslight, Hell on Banat, with the simple message "help the Vietnamese, you will help yourself", will continue its path against indifference. Answering the questions at the same time - why we need solidarity so much, why we need the public and why silence about the invisible is dangerous for all of us.