Detention Paradise


2009 June/July – Final Exam Exhibition, KABK, The Hague,NL

2009, 16th July – TENT Academy Awards, Filmtheatre Cinerama , Rotterdam, NL

2009, 31st July-  Best of Graduates 09, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam,NL

2009 ,10th September – Uitgelicht, Filmhuis Den Haag Zaal 5, The Hague,NL

2009 ,10th September- GOGBOT Festival , Enschede, NL

2009, 15th September- René Coelhoprijs, NIMK, Montevideo,Amsterdam,NL

2009, 24th September – MiA, Invites, Arnhem,NL

2009, 24th,28th Sept. – Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht,NL

2009, 17th October- Talent 09, Designhuis, Eindhoven,NL

2009, 31st October- GIGUK, Video Festival, Gießen, DE

2009, November – TENT Academy Awards -tour , De Balie, Amsterdam, NL

2009, November 18- Dear Countrymen and Women, Gallery MC, New York City, NY, USA

2010, January – SFC, Shoah Film Collection,Cologne, Germany

2010, July – ”Qui Vive” Biennial of Art, Moscow, Russia

2011, March – Shoah Film Collection screening, Art Museum Arad, Romania

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Detention Paradise is a short film, a sublimation of my past and my present. There is no predictable future, just an illusion of the period of time to come, with a very pathetic ending. The film starts with my communist past, during the ‘’lovely’’ time I spent in Yugoslavia. I was the last generation of Tito’s pioneers. That is the first image in this film entitled FATHERLAND. One year later Yugoslavia didn’t exist anymore. In 1990 the war started,  and since that moment I felt like a detainee in my own country. In 1999 Serbia was bombed by NATO. Through this short film, personal drama of absurdity, I wanted to show to the audience that extremely bizarre period which covered more than 20 years of my life. Individual and collective guilt for (non)committed crime  took a central place in this film. Detention Paradise jumps from one identity to another, from a true story to an imaginary one, from a dream to a ritual…  the language of the body often taking over from the word, interrupting it or, on the contrary, stimulating it. Detention Paradise is guided by several principles including discontinuity, ritualization and frontality as well as fiction. At the end there is no expectation, just a natural necessity to go further…if there is something further.


Branko Miliskovic
‘’Detention Paradise’’  short film – absurd drama
Duration: 7 minutes 30 sec
Camera and editing by author.
DVD Pal, 16:9  + Subtitle
Language: English, Serbian
Title: English
KABK, The Hague, The Netherlands
Nederlands Film Festival 09
Holland Film Meeting, Video Catalogue 09, p.10

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Photos by Branko Miliskovic and Rosanne van der Meer

Copyright © 2009 Branko Miliskovic


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