A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Serbian Movie Festival 2019

SERB NATIONAL FEDERATION, CENTER FOR RUSSIAN & EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES

YUGOSLAV ROOM COMMITTEE, NATIONALITY ROOMS PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Present

SERBIAN MOVIE FESTIVAL

Preserving Serbian Cultural Heritage, Enriching & Promoting Greater Pittsburgh’s Cultural Diversity

SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH, 2019

University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning
Room #232
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

FREE & OPEN to the Public
Pizza and light refreshment will be provided

Sponsored by:
The Serb National Federation, Center for Russian & East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh
& Yugoslav Room Committee, Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh

Questions? Please contact the SNF Home Office at 412-458-5227 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PROGRAM:

All movies will be shown with English subtitles

SATURDAY, March 30th, 2019

1:00 PM: BOOK PRESENTATION: The Great War 1914 – 1918: The Kingdom of Serbia, the United States of America and the Serbian American Diaspora

Presented by His Grace Bishop IRINEJ Dobrijević, Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Dr. Krinka Vidakovic Petrov, Scholar and Editor

This book is dedicated to the Great War, an event that shook the world one hundred years ago. Within this vast historical frame-work, this book focuses on the relationship between two Allies—the Kingdom of Serbia and the United States of America, including the role of the Serbian American Diaspora. The chapters in this book deal with general issues regarding Serbia’s role in the Great War, beginning with the event that would trigger the war and put the small town of Sarajevo on the world map. This book offers a wealth of information as well as a fascinating narrative of the human urge to resist, survive, and be free to live and love.

2:30 PM: THE LONG ROAD TO WAR
Release Year: 2018
Runtime: 117 minutes
Directed By: Milos Skundric

What was a real cause and trigger of World War I? World War I began a month after the Sarajevo assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in 1914. But this stake had been prepared decades before. The Long Road to War is a feature-length cinema documentary about the origins of WWI. Leading European intellectuals from Oxford, Cambridge, Sorbonne, and other universities present their views about the causes and trigger of World War I. The movie leads the public through the political games behind the scenes and presents details when the decision was made about the future of Europe. The documentary utilizes film and photographs from some fifteen archival houses around the world, so it is “more action – less talking heads on screen.” Milos Skundric, Director, says he was shocked to learn how little he and his generation knew about the reason behind this “seminal catastrophe of the 20th century.”

4:45 PM: TWICE UPON A TIME
[All kids for the cartoon will receive a gift from the SNF]

Release Year: 2017
Runtime: 14 minutes
Author: Vojin Vasovic

This is an amusing and educational cartoon for children and adults. Once upon a time, in some distant world lived two kings: King of Warrior and King of Poet. In fact, it is about the dual nature and split personality of one king. One half of his personality represents a Nordic barbaric king from the early Middle Ages, a crude but fearless warrior. The other half is from late Baroque, a man of graceful poise and manners. They share their conscience, but have opposing wishes and desperately want to get rid of each other. This story brings us a noble message which can enrich our lives. The cartoon was screened at 60 international movie festivals and won more than 20 international awards.

5:30 PM: ST. NICHOLAS SERBIAN TAMBURITZANS
The Tamburitzans of the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church will perform traditional dances and songs.

6:00 PM: TESLA NATION
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Release Year: 2018
Runtime: 75 minutes
Directed By: Zeljko Mirkovic

This marvelous documentary leads us through the Serbian-American history which spans more than 200 years. Serbian-American history began in a symbolic way with Djordje Sagic aka George Fisher who arrived through the port of Philadelphia at the beginning of the ninetieth century. After him, Serbian immigrants came in several waves and helped shape American history. The movie describes Serbian-American contributions in building the United States and the world and the importance of preserving the Serbian heritage. Zeljko Jack Dimich, the Serbian-American Actor from New York, plays Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American Scientist and Inventor, and is the narrator of the movie. The movie was sponsored by the Serb National Federation among others, and produced by Optimistic Film and Radio Television of Serbia.


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People Directory

Charles Simic

Charles Simic (born May 9th, 1938) is an American poet. He was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Republic of Serbia), his childhood was very traumatic, as in the WWII Nazi and Allied bombers ravaged his homeland. Simic emigrated to the USA in 1953 to rejoin his father, who was living in New York City. They moved to Chicago shortly after his arrival. Simic first started to write poetry in high school, when he realized "that one of my friends was attracting the best-looking girls by writing them sappy love poems".

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Publishing

The Prologue of Ohrid

St Nikolai of Zica (Velimirovic) (1880-1956) has been called the "Serbian Chrysostom" for his theological depth and golden-tongued eloquence. Now for the first time, a complete and unabridged English translation of St. Nikolai's Prologue of Ohrid has been made available. St. Nikolai's Prologue has become a much-loved spiritual classic for Orthodox Christians worldwide. An inspirational source-book of the Orthodox Faith, it contains within its pages a summation of the Church's wisdom and Her experience of sanctity through the Grace of Jesus Christ. Lives of Saints, Hymns, Reflections and Homilies are presented for every day of the year. St. Nikolai's beautiful Hymns have never before appeared in English.

The text of this 1,450-page magnum opus of St. Nikolai has been translated from the Serbian and edited by clergy and monastics of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America.

In two volumes, hardbound, with full-color dust jackets.
New 2nd Edition 2008
Volume I: January to June, 650 pages (ISBN 0-9719505-0-4)
Volume II: July to December, 704 pages (ISBN 0-9719505-1-2)