JACK, THE BALKANS AND I
A FEATURE FILM BY SERGEJ KRESO - 2008
In 1972, a dart on a map of Europe changes the life of Congolese-Belgian musician Jack Roskam: he moves to Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia. After a career as a guitar player in well-known local band Galija, he is confronted with the Balkan war. While his colleagues start to sing politically-oriented Serbian songs, Jack decides to defend the Croatian community, which adopted him, and exchanges his Fender guitar for a Kalashnikov.
In 2008, Sarajevo-born but Holland-based director Sergej Kreso goes on the road with Jack through Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia to meet the former members of Galija for the first time since the war. Though their choices were different, did Jack and Sergej stay faithful to their principles?
Director Sergej Kreso
Producer Denis Vaslin for Volya Films (NL)
In co-production with Serendipity Films
Co-producer Ellen De Waele
Photography Wiro Felix
Editing Srdjan Fink
Music Jack Roskam