In light of this year’s commemoration of the victims of WWII on May 4th and Liberation day on May 5th, Kriterion and Vitamine Cineville collaborated to show an online screening of Landscapes of Resistance between the 1st and the 9th of May. Everyone who owns a Cineville card will be able to view the movie on the Vitamine Cineville website in that period.
Landscapes of Resistance sheds light on the story of Sofija Sonja Vujanovic, a 97-year-old woman who was one of the first female partisans in Yugoslavia. She joined the communist and antifascist organisation in the late 1930s and, in 1941 became a partisan fighter in German-occupied Serbia. Her antifascist activities led to her imprisonment in one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps: Auschwitz. Sonja is one of the few who lives to tell the tale, the tale of resistance, one which is forever relevant and necessary.
In this documentary, Marta Popivoda has translated Sonja’s personal tales of strength into crisp shot landscapes that merge seamlessly into each other. These places and landscapes relate to dramatic moments in Sonja’s life and accompany the conversations Popivoda has recorded over the span of over ten years. She has not only captured Sonja’s fighting spirit, but also the inevitable vulnerability which comes with old age. A constant theme in the documentary is the possibility of resistance, illustrated by Sonja’s tales. Even while in Auschwitz, Sonja had been organising against her captors and refusing to accept a role as a passive victim.