Volunteers

Yugoslavia, 1979, 30 min, 16mm, color

written and directed by: Želimir Žilnik
camera: Ljubomir Bečejski
edited by: Katarina Kislovska

production: TV Novi Sad

In this film we see portraits of 15 people who fought in the First World War and whose life-stories are unique – they went to war as Austro-Hungarian soldiers, from the region of Lika, Krajina and Kordun, Herzegovina and Bosnia. They surrendered to the allies voluntarily (Russian, English or French soldiers) and decided to continue fighting for the new side. As a reward, after the war has ended, they were given land and estates from the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, as well as the right to settle in Vojvodina. In the socialist Yugoslavia, these people were almost invisible to the public. This documentary recounts their stories and adventures.