Conjuring reality and wonder, “Speak so I Can See You” takes us to a seemingly different era, by exploring the world of Radio Belgrade. One of Europe’s oldest radio stations and a true institution of the city, the station still broadcasts original programming and helps keep history, culture and critical thought, as well as ever- relevant questions about ourselves and the world, from slipping out of memory and mind.
Set at the intersection of an observational documentary and a unique sensory experience, the film conjures everyday scenes at the station and immersing interludes exploring the relationship between sound and the space it inhabits. Through a synesthetic blend of sounds, words, notes, echoes and light, we are taken into a unique cinematic soundscape that doubles as a love letter to radiophonic art and its disarming insight into what makes us remember, understand, think, discover, and feel.
Official Selection for IDFA 2019 & MoMA DocFortnight, Winner of the Grand Prix at BelDox 2019
“the documentary is rich in these brilliant moments, which all contribute to shedding light on decades of Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav history, as witnessed by the radio station, thus immersing the viewer in quite a unique cinematic experience." – Cineuropa
About the filmmaker
She is The New School (MA Media Studies and Film, 2014) in New York, and Academy of Arts (FTV directing, 2010) in Belgrade alumna. Her work is characteristic for experimentation with sound, an interest derived from her background as a performer/vocalist. "Speak so I can see you" - her feature length directorial debut, supported by Eurimages and DOHA Film Institute, had its World premiere in First Appearance Competition selection at IDFA 2019, and its US premiere at MoMA's DocFortnight 2020 in New York. She worked on numerous productions in the USA and Europe and since 2011 her career has been focused on creative documentary. In 2016, Marija founded the production house Bilboke in Serbia. She is a guest lecturer and a board member of DokSerbia. Since September 2019, she's been a part of the collective behind Set Sail Films.