The Diary of Diana B
Original title:
Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević
Slovenian title:
Dnevnik Diane Budisavljević
Country, year:
Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, 2019
Directed by:
Dana Budisavljević
Dana Budisavljević, Jelena Paljan
Jasenko Rasol
Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
Voting code:
Alma Prica (Diana), Igor Samobor (Julije), Mirjana Karanovic (Julijeva sestra), Biserka Ipša (ga. Đakula), Krešimir Mikic (g. Stein), Ermin Bravo (Bresler), Živko Zelenbrz (prica, Nada Vlaisavljevic (prica), Zorka Janjanin (prica), Milorad Jandric (prica)
Pula 2019 (Best Film, Best Director, Audience Award, Best Editing, Best Music, FEDEORA Award), Portorož 2019

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A docu-fiction about an astonishing rescue campaign that helped save the lives of numerous children during WWII. Winner of six awards at the 2019 Pula Film Festival.
The story follows a remarkable rescue campaign that took place in Zagreb during World War II. It is a story about a woman who, with a handful of her closest associates, saved more than 10,000 children from certain death in the infamous camps established by the Ustashi, collaborators of the Nazi Germany. For a long time, her name was erased from history, as her remarkable deeds were attributed to others. Her identity remained unknown even to the children whose lives she saved. Her name is Diana Budisavljević.

"I don't know about Slovenia, but in Croatia revisionism is highly present. Society is divided into the Ustashi and the Partisans. /.../ I think the mission of this film is to put things back in their proper place through a humanitarian story, the story of Diana Budisavljević who pledged political allegiance neither to the Ustashi nor the Communists. Things get resolved through her story, through the rescue of children from the Independent State of Croatia's camp. I think that after this movie no one will ever be able to say that there were no camps or racial laws. And also, that the Communists after the war really acted as winners, that is, that they did not give credit to anyone else." (Dana Budisavljević)