MILA TURAJLIC: 2020 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Mila Turajlic is a documentary filmmaker and archive scholar born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Her films have screened at various film festivals including Toronto and Tribeca, and have been released theatrically in France, Germany, UK, US, Uruguay, and across the former Yugoslavia.
Her most recent film The Other Side of Everything (2017) was HBO Europe’s first co-production with Serbia. It won 32 awards including the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary and the Rendez-vous de l’histoire Grand Prix for Best Historical Documentary, and was nominated for the European Parliament LUX Prize. Mila’s debut feature documentary Cinema Komunisto (2011) played at over 100 festivals and won 16 awards including the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary and the FOCAL Award for Creative Use of Archival Footage.
In her work with archives, Mila researches the intersection of personal and national memories, always seeking to reactivate forgotten histories, through forms ranging from lecture performances and video art to analytical essays. In 2018, she was commissioned by MoMA to create a series of archive-based video installations for their landmark exhibition on Yugoslav modernist architecture. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Mila teaches documentary and archive use at SciencesPo and INASup in Paris. She is one of the founders of DokSerbia and was a producer of the Magnificent 7 Festival since its creation in 2005.