Archive Cinema City 2013.

The Unemployed

Nezaposleni ljudi

Country: Yugoslavia
Year: 1968
Duration: 13 min

Director: Zelimir Zilnik
Scenario: Zelimir Zilnik

Programme selection: Respect to Zelimir Zilnik


The film represents a series of portraits and situations people found themselves in after being made redundant during the time of economic reforms which were supposed to establish market economy in Yugoslavia. In the interviews, people speak about their doubts and confusion, because they had been expecting socialism to give them more social security. They criticise the parasitic bureaucracy, they sign in to leave for Germany and work there, since Yugoslavia has signed an agreement on taking over workforce around that time.

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.