Archive Cinema City 2013.

Little Pioneers

Pioniri maleni mi smo vojska prava, svakog dana ničemo ko zelena trava

Country: Yugoslavia
Year: 1968
Duration: 18 min

Director: Zelimir Zilnik
Scenario: Zelimir Zilnik

Programme selection: Respect to Zelimir Zilnik


Socially neglected children, taking care of themselves, they dare go stealing and break the law. They argue with parents who neither understand them nor do they have feelings for them. As a counterpoint to this story we see a TV show where a popular actor-entertainer Gula (Dragoljub Milosavljević) addresses happy and care-free children.

Zelimir Zilnik (born 1942, based in Novi Sad, Serbia)

From the late 60s, his socially engaged films and documentaries in former Yugoslavia earned him critical accolades but also censorship in the 70s for his unflinching criticism of the government apparatus.

Low budget filmmaking and challenging political themes mark Zilnik’s prolific career that includes over 50 feature and documentary films and shorts.