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Snezana Radojicic: AROUND THE WORLD ON her BICYCLE

~ Milica Puric ~ 


Snezana Radojicic in Cambodia

“My story is the portrait of a woman from the Balkan (south of Europe) who didn’t want to live a conventional life. This is the tale about a girl who wanted to do what makes her happy and who dared to do that in her 40s, after a solid career in business. This is a chronicle about a woman who cut everything and went on the journey without anyone’s support and with a man she barely knew. This is the story about the possibility of changing your life, returning to your dreams and their realizations… Without false modesty, I can say that I pushed the boundaries.”

6. Hong Kong

Despite our conviction that Hong Kong is the metropolis of skyscrapers, this beautiful nature is also its integral part 

That is how Snezana Radojicic, a professor of World and Yugoslav literature from Belgrade, Serbia, and a woman who has ridden a bicycle around the world since 2011, talks about herself. Her story is indeed incredible. So far, she has visited 40 countries on her bicycle and crossed more than 30,000 miles, although her journey started with trouble. She said that during her first year everything that could go wrong went wrong and at one point, she found herself without money and without a boyfriend, who was her bicycle partner. But things got better, and today she writes about her bike trips on her Facebook profile, where more than 14,000 people follow every step on her trip. Each post she writes always gets hundreds of comments — people give her support, encourage her, root for her, cheer her up and ask questions about everything and anything.  Also a few thousand people follow her and read about her cycling adventures on her blog .

22. Flores, Indonezija

With local kids in Flores, Indonesia

When I last interviewed Radojicic, she was visiting Nepal. That was when she began writing her book, which she has since published.

Snezana Radojicic: We talked somewhere between 2013-14. In that time I was writing my first book about traveling, my travel novel “Wheel Me Around the World”. My next book, “Nomad,” which was released in 2016, continues the story where I stood in the first book and follows my “rolling” through Turkey. I published the book “Crossing the Himalayas and Gobi.” These are two travel stories about crossing the Himalayan ridge Thorung La pass at 5,416 meters above sea level, and then rolling through the Gobi Desert, which I did in October 2013 and April 2014. My journey lasts continuously since 2011, but I cannot cover everything with writing. I just finished a 3½ month tour through Japan, from the northernmost point on the island of Hokkaido and to the southernmost island of Kyushu. From there I took a ferry to Okinawa, and now I am on the small island Zamami. Here I’m resting a little more than a month, and I’m trying to write a travel book about Japan. However, it will take much more time for this than I thought. I came here because I still didn’t want to leave Japan and Okinawa is located in the subtropical climate, which is extremely important for me, since I can’t afford such a pricey hotel accommodation in this expensive country.

21. Komodo, Indonezija

With Komodo dragon at Komodo island in Indonesia

Urban Culture Tribe: How do you get ready for the trip around the world? What do you need to do in order to be completely equipped? How do you finance your trips?

Snezana Radojicic: There are no preparations for the trip because I live on the road, and this is my way of living for the last five years. I rent my small apartment in Belgrade and sell my books — that’s how I finance my journey. I used to write for one portal abroad and they paid me for that. In February I will start to teach English in one Chinese school in order to earn money for further trips. Since I don’t have sponsors, I have to figure something out.

8. Vijetnam

The narrow streets, motorcycles, shops… Typical street in Vietnam

Urban Culture Tribe: How did you get the idea to travel the world on a bicycle?

Snezana Radojicic: One night I was wondering about my life’s dream, what it was and where it was lost. I graduated from the University of Literature, and at that moment I worked as a insirance manager! I remembered that I was dreaming of being a writer and living out of all systems! So, the idea of traveling the world on the bicycle came by itself, because I felt free only in nature. I have no family, my parents are not alive, and my friends did not believe me when I told them I am going to see the world on the bicycle. I began my journey with my then boyfriend, an American, who I met through a bicycle portal looking for a tour company. We broke up in Turkey in early 2012, and since then I have been riding. On several occasions, I rode with riding companions. Many people, especially in the villages, offer me accommodation, food, help, they let me in their lives and give me their emotions. That is priceless!

11. Malezija

Malaysia – bike, tent, equipment… She has everything that she needs…

Urban Culture Tribe: What’s the most difficult thing on your trip? Do you feel safe? 

Snezana Radojicic: Generally nothing is difficult for me, because I really love what I do. Sometimes I miss a real shower, although I always have an improvised one; sometimes I miss real books because I am a passionate reader. I am using a mini-reader, but it will never be the same for me as paper books. As far as security is concerned, my experience is that the world is an incomparably safer place than we usually think. Of course, I’m very careful. 

42. Desert Gobi, Mongolia

Empty and amazing at the same time – Desert Gobi in Mongolia

Urban Culture Tribe: How do you organize your journey? Do you make a general plan about what countries and destinations you are going to see?

 Snezana Radojicic: Yes, but very often I deviate from it. In over 80 percent of cases, I sleep in a tent where I find a nice place, and always, even in hostels, I cook at a camp burner. In cities, I use lists for free accommodation (Couchsurfing, Warmshowers) or staying in the cheapest hostels. And sometimes people who follow my journey on my blog invite me to be their guest in the cities I visit. 

Kapadokija, Turska

Another breathtaking scene – Cappadocia, Turkey 

Urban Culture Tribe: You got a lot of support and encouragement from your Facebook friends. What do people think about your way of living?

Snezana Radojicic: A lot of things have changed since the time I started. At that moment, that was an incomprehensible idea for most of the people. There was a lot of pity, people were betting that I would not succeed, and I had just a little bit of support. And very often there was a skepticism behind that weak support. Meanwhile, I went through 40 countries, passed more than 30,000 miles, survived the fact that I became single along the way and without any source of income. My story has outgrown the framework of the personal venture, and I am very happy that many people found an inspiration for some of their important decisions, which changed their lives for the better. 

55. Shrine of monkeys, Nepal

The attraction for kids – Shrine of monkeys in Nepal 

Urban Culture Tribe: Recently you posted a video on Facebook from a very small tent. With a huge smile on your face, you talked about the rain that was pouring for the third day and about low temperatures outside. Those circumstances would break most people and they would probably give up, but you looked very happy. What differentiate you from others? How do you overcome hard circumstances like coldness, rain, life without electricity?

Snezana Radojicic: When you wander around the world and live as a nomad, you become one with nature and climate changes. Simply, you know you can’t do anything except to protect yourself as much as possible and wait (for bad circumstances) to pass. Because everything passes at the end. There is no benefit of being upset and there is no place for fear because you can’t do this and be afraid of storms and monsoons. I always start with the assumption, what is the worst thing that can happen to me? Wind can rip my tent, I can be wet from the rain, something can destroy my equipment, and then I say to myself: It is OK, everything is fixable. Therefore, it is much better to observe any situation from the fun perspective. Of course, that is not always the case, sometimes I get mad because of bad luck, but that quickly disappears — nature just teaches you to accept things as they happen.

66. Sukhotai, Tayland

Abandoned temple in  Sukhotai, Tayland

Urban Culture Tribe: You’ve been in China, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Russia, Mongolia, Cambodia, Turkey, Greece, Italy … and now you’re in Japan. Where will you travel next?

Snezana Radojicic: As I already said I will teach English in China in order to earn money and continue my trip. I hope I will write a travel story about Japan, and I plan to write a novel about young Serbian immigration in China. All in all, I’ve been in that country for seven months on three occasions, and I got to know the country from a traveler’s perspective. Now we’ll see how it will be from the perspective of someone who lives and works here.

68. Tiger Temple, Tayland

Dangerous and surprisingly friendly tigers in ‘Tiger Temple’ in Thailand

Urban Culture Tribe: Do you plan to see the entire world on a bicycle?

Snezana Radojicic:  My journey is specific because I don’t have strict goals, in terms of miles, number of countries, routes. I go where I want to go and where I can regarding visas and finance, and then stay for a long time traveling the country and getting to know it. Therefore, I do not know if I’ll have time to go visit entire world since I am now 50! But I hope I will be able to see a bigger slice of the planet.

69. Bangkok, Thailand

A typical scene from Bangkok, Thailand

Urban Culture Tribe: At the end, can you tell us have you ever regretted your decision to travel the world on the bicycle?

71. Kambodia

And finally – a little break during Snezana’s trip in Cambodia

Snezana Radojicic: No! Not for a moment I thought, “What have I got myself into,” not when my boyfriend left me, or when I was without money. There have been horribly difficult moments, but I have never thought about giving up. There is no easy way to achieve your dreams and only the most persistent people make their dreams come true. I feel proud when people tell me that I inspire them with my energy and help them to be persistent and tenacious.

You can follow Snezana Radojicic on Facebook, and you can also find her personal blog where she writes about her cycling adventures at her webiste and her blog . Also, you can buy her books on Amazon.

~ Milica Puric ~ 

Mano Divina Giannone, concert thereminist: Playing angelic music in the air

~ Milica Puric ~ 


Mano Divina, composer and musician from Philadephia – photographed on his birthday by Dan Webb

He is delicately moving his right and left hands in the air right above the strange device that produces beautiful, angelic music similar to the sound of a violin. Without touching any object, Mano Divina Giannone, a composer, and musician from Philadelphia, plays thermin, a little-known electronic instrument controlled by the musician without any physical contact. 

This rare instrument was named after Russian inventor Leon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928, and Mano Divina Giannone is one of the most famous performers and promoters of it in America. Besides him, there are not many musicians who play it. 

Born in Pennsylvania with Italian parents, Mano Divina Giannone has been surrounded by music his entire life. He played several instruments and in his teenage year started playing in various musical groups and performing around the world. That’s how he first heard the theremin played by French electronic composer and musician Jean-Michel Jarre. That performance impressed him. 

“Nothing was real. I thought that was a magic trick,” Mano said. “And by the end of that song, I realized not only it was real, but he was making music by his hands in the air not touching anything. My impression was the same as the impression of people who come to see me at the concerts: First, they don’t think it’s real, then they watch closely and finally they realize I am really playing with my hands in the air!”

Right before he discovered the theremin, Mano used to play nine instruments. After he heard the theremin for the first time (in the early ’90s) he wanted to learn more, but the trouble was that, in the beginning, nobody knew the name of that wondrous device. He asked everyone — musicians, friends, everyone around him, but no one knew… One day he finally met a man who told him that it was a theremin. Mano immediately contacted Robert Moog, the American inventor of synthesizer, and bought theremin from him. That was in 1995-96.


Mano Divina (right) and ‘The Divine Hand Ensemble’ at the concert

In that time just a few people knew about this instrument. It is a little bit more popular today, so people can get lessons, but in the past, when Mano started playing, nobody knew the name of it, not to mentioned how to play it. “So I had to figure out how to play. I didn’t learn from any teacher!” Luckily for him, he was schooled in music and had a lot of training in other instruments.

Soon, he started performing in European churches. He was in France and Italy playing beautiful compositions like “Ave Maria.” The audience loved it, although they needed a little time to comprehend what is happening on the stage. “At first people couldn’t understand anything because most of them have never seen an instrument played without a touch. It takes a moment or two to understand what is happening and what I am doing. It seems that they try to understand whether what they see matches the sound they hear — something between opera singing and young boys singing.  After a while, they become fascinated by performance. They say they are mesmerized watching me play, and they say they are moved to tears by the music they hear. And indeed, the theremin is an instrument unlike any other — you play in the air so there is nothing to see. You need to use muscle memory and lose visual one. You only can rely on your ears, and that’s why this is a very difficult instrument to play and master. That’s why there are just a few people who play it. I even had to stop playing all other instruments in order to focus on theremin,” he said.


Mary Bryson is playing the harp at ‘The Divine Hand Ensemble’ concert 

After spending many years in Europe, Mano decided to come back to his hometown Philadelphia and continue playing the theremin. He formed his musical group, The Divine Hand Ensemble, and on Halloween night 2009 they had their concert debut at Sellersville Theater in Philadelphia. That day remained their anniversary, and they always have an important concert for Halloween.

Mano and his Divine Hand Ensemble perform classical compositions, chamber music, opera arias, sacred choral music and even some spooky themes (because the theremin was used in some science fiction movies) and some rock interpretation. They practice and rehearse a lot. They performed for Pope Francis last year while he was visiting Philadelphia and he was delighted. 

Mano said their concerts are different from other classical concerts. “We talk to our audience, we encourage people to get involved, ask questions, we don’t just play and disappear. We don’t like a stuffy glass wall between audience and ourselves.”

‘The Divine Hand Ensemble’ even has a performance at a cemetery once a year.

“When I started playing sacred music in Italy I stumbled across funeral music,” Mano said. “That is the music written for the dead to help them to cross into the afterlife, and that’s why that is very beautiful and at the same time weird music. I never heard anything like it,” he explained, adding that the proof that Americans love that type of music is the fact that the YouTube video of the ensemble playing at the cemetery gained 700,000 views.


Once a year ‘The Divine Hand Ensemble’ has a concert at Laurel Hill Cemetery. On this place, they perform funerary music for people who love this type of music

“Audiences love that music, and some of them even ask us to perform those compositions on our concerts,” Mano said. “However, that music is a little heavy, depressing, so we decide to perform it once a year at Laurel Hill Cemetery for people who love that. We perform beautiful music and we are united in our mission to touch people with our hypnotizing performances. I really hope I will continue to illuminate and entertain them for the rest of my life.”

You can find more about Mano Divina Giannone and his ‘The Divine Hand Ensemble’ on their website and their Facebook page

~ Milica Puric ~©

Vuk Rsumovic, movie director: “Peace among wolves”

~ Milica Puric ~ 


Vuk Rsumovic, director of the movie “No One’s Child’

“I could not believe that in 20th century, in the middle of ’80s in the forests of Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslavia, among wild animals and wolves, hunters have found a wild boy who was later brought to Belgrade for socialization. That story haunted me from the moment I heard about it and I became obsessed with it. I knew I had to make a movie about this boy,” said Vuk Rsumovic, screenwriter and movie director about his first movie, “No One’s Child.”

His cinematic debut won the primary Audience Award at the famous Venice Film Festival in 2015 in the selection of International Week of Film Critics. The award was given based on the votes of all who watched the Venice Film Festival, and it opened the door to Rsumovic’s film.  After the festival, “No One’s Child” got 35 more important film awards.

10. Poster na engleksom

The official poster for the movie “No One’s Child” 

“Venice awards have a special weight because the Venice Festival is a prestigious festival,” Vuk said. “It paved the way for my film. When you win a prize at the Venice Film Festival, everyone becomes interested in your film — festival organizers, audience, critics. That award shows that the film is worth watching. After that festival, we received many awards from critics and audiences, and each of them has its own beauty, but if I have to choose which one I like the most (after the Venice award), that would be the Best Director award I got in Russia at the International Film Festival Zerkalo (The Mirror), named after famous movie director Andrei Tarkovsky,” Vuk explained.


The beginning of the movie – Denis Muric in leading role of a wild boy

“No One’s Child” is based on the fascinating true story of a wild boy (played by Denis Muric) who was found by local hunters in the mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the middle of the 1980s. The boy grew up among wild animals and wolves and didn’t know to talk, eat and walk as a human, only as an animal. He acted like a little wild beast. He was sent to Belgrade, at that time the capital of Yugoslavia, to the institution for abandoned children for social and civilized adaptation. Contrary to predictions, the boy, who randomly was named Haris, began to grow rapidly and make friends.

7. The boy was unable to speak or even walk on two legs in the beginning

At the beginning wild boy was unable to speak or even walk on two legs

“I heard about this story from my wife seven or eight years ago,” Mano said. “She is a theater director, and at that time she had a nongovernment organization that used to work with a group of juvenile delinquents at the orphanage Vasa Stajic in Belgrade. There she met one of the teachers who told her this story as an anecdote from his professional life. Then she told the story to me and I became fascinated by it. From the very beginning, I knew that I have to make the movie about it. I could not believe that in Europe in the late 20th century, hunters found a boy who grew up with the wolves. Then I started exploring. First I met the teacher from the orphanage, Dragan Rolovic, who has worked with a wild boy. He told me everything he knew about him. Then I started coming more and more often to the orphanage in order to familiarize myself with the institution where abandoned children live.”

4. U sirotistu

The sad scene from the orphanage: Haris (left) and his best friend Zika (Pavle Cemerikic)

Vuk Rsumovic said with a smile that a long time ago some directors warned their colleagues that they must not make their first movie with children and animals. “And I had both of them in my first movie. But I was very careful. I wouldn’t give to Denis Muric, who played a wild boy, the script in advance, only when he came on the set. I did not want him to practice anything at home because I would have more trouble to teach him differently from what he had learned, and that would kill spontaneity. And it paid off. He is an extraordinary actor. I found him on the set director Goran Radovanovic movie “Enclave,” where he also played a significant role. Previously I tried to find my leading actor all around. I have visited many schools, but when I saw him I knew immediately I had found my actor! His role is very challenging: In the beginning, he is like a little animal, he behaves like a little beast, but at the end of the film he is a socialized young man. Denis was excellent in all of this, at all stages of filming,” the director said.


The scene from the movie – the wild boy needed to learn everything, even how to put his shoes on. Actors Denis Muric (left) and his ‘movie teacher’ actor Milos Timotijevic

Talking about the difficulties in the process of making a movie, Vuk Rsumovic explained this creative process took a very long time. He said he spent a lot of time researching.

“A long time ago a famous French movie director, François Truffaut, made the movie ‘Wild Child,’ and that is a similar story to this one,” Vuk Rsumovic said. “It was based on a doctor’s study, and that work is considered the first research about child psychiatry. It’s about the boy found in the wilderness of France, and that doctor began to work with him. Truffaut said that this is a topic that a man can deal with his entire life. And I really understood it by dealing with it and researching. However, since I was working on a film, at some point I had to stop researching and say, ‘It’s enough! I know what I know and what I do not know I will somehow make up,’” Rsumovic said.

6. Denis Muric

Talented boy Denis Muric was phenomenal in the role of a wild boy Haris

“It’s generally hard to make a movie, not just in Serbia, but anywhere in the world,” the director said. “I realized this when I was at a fantastic writing program in the Netherlands in 2009. There were gathered authors, directors, writers from 20 countries — Great Britain, Australia, the Netherlands, Romania, the Philippines. And look, now it is the end of 2015 and I think that I am the only one of them who made a film for the last six years, although most of them live in countries where the economy is strong and in which many are involved in the film. It’s hard to make a movie, but luckily, now technology makes it possible for us to make a movie with less money, and with a great dose of enthusiasm.”

1. Sa vojnicima

 Soldiers took Haris with themselves, gave him a rifle, and he went to war. Nobody knows what happened to him later

Vuk’s film ends with the boy’s returning to the Bosnia because of bureaucratic reasons. The war in Yugoslavia just began and Haris accidentally met a group of soldiers. They took him with themselves, gave him a rifle, and he went to war. Nobody knows what happened to him later. In reality, the boy also disappeared in the middle of the war. He didn’t belong to any side and went back to his one and only family — a family of wolves. “It turned out that wolves have been more harmless and better than the people,” said this movie director whose name in Serbian means “wolf.”

~ Milica Puric ~



Beogradski reditelj Vuk Ršumović, autor filma ‘Ničije dete’

Mir medju vukovima


~ Milica Puric ~ 

Vuk Ršumović se poklanja publici na FIlmskom festivalu srpskih filmova u Čikagu, 2015. godine (in front of audience at Serbian Film Festival in Chicago 2015)

“Nisam mogao da verujem da je sredinom 80-ih godina prošlog veka u šumama Bosne i Hercegovine, medju vukovima, pronađen napušteni, divlji dečak koji je kasnije doveden u Beograd na socijalizaciju. Od trenutka kada sam čuo ovu priču postao sam opsednut njom i znao sam da moram da snimim film o tome”, kaze Vuk Ršumović o svom filmskom prvencu.

Njegovo kinemtografsko ostvarenje osvojilo je 2014. godine glavnu Nagradu publike na čuvenom Venecijanskom festivalu. Ta nagrada se dodeljuje za najbolji film prikazan u selekciji ‘Nedelje međunarodne filmske kritike’ (International Film Critics’ Week) i dodeljuje se na osnovu glasova svih koji su gledali film na festivalu u Veneciji. Ona je otvorila vrata Ršumovićevom flmu, a posle nje film je dobio jos 35 važnih filmskih nagrada.


Denis Murić u ulozi divljeg dečaka  (The wild boy – Denis Muric)

“Nagrade sa ovog Festivala u Veneciji imaju posebnu težinu zato sto je reč o prestižnom Festivalu. Kad dobijete nagradu u Veneciji za vaš film se svi zainteresuju, pre svega festivalski organizatori i programi, a onda i svi ostali. Ta nagrada pokazuje da film vredi. Tako je naš film posle ovog Festivala dobio mnoge nagrade i od kritike i od publike i svaka od njih ima svoju lepotu. Ipak, izdvojio bih i onu koju sam dobio za režiju u Rusiji na Medjunarodnom filmskom festivalu ‘Zerkalo’ posvećenom čuvenom ruskom reditelju Andreju Tarkovskom. Ona mi je draga jer se radi o Festivalu koji prikazuje filmove koji nastavljaju put Andreja Tarkovskog”.


Scena iz filma: Denis Murić (levo), Pavle Čemerikić i Isidora Janković (Kids from the movie:  Denis Muric, Pavle Cemerikic i Isidora Jankovic)

Film “Ničije dete” baziran je na fascinantnoj istinitoj priči o divljem dečaku (u filmu ga igra Denis Murić) koga su sredinom 80-ih godina prošlog veka pronašli lovci među vukovima u šumi u planinama Bosne i Hercegovine. Dečak nije znao da govori, išao je na četiri noge i ponašao se kao mala divlja zver. Poslat je u Beograd u dom za nezbrinutu decu da se socializuje. Suprotno predviđanjima, dečak, koji nasumično dobija ime Haris, počinje ubrzano da se razvija i sklapa prijateljstva…

“Za ovu priču je, pre sedam-osam godina, najpre čula moja supruga”, kaže Vuk. “Ona je pozorišni reditelj i u to vreme imala je nevladinu organizaciju koja se bavila korišćenjem pozorišnih tehnika sa decom i radila je sa grupom maloletnih delikvenata u Domu za nezbrinutu decu ’Vasa Stajić’ u Beogradu. Tada je upoznala vaspitača koji joj je ispričao ovu priču kao anegdotu iz svog profesionalnog života. Ona je onda ispričala priču meni i ja sam se strasno zainteresovao. Od samog početka znao sam da nešto moram da napravim od toga. BIlo mi je fascinantno i nisam mogao da verujem da su u Evropi, krajem 20. veka, lovci pronašli dečaka koji je odrastao sa vukovima. Onda sam počeo da istražujem. Najpre sam upoznao tog vaspitača Dragana Rolovića, koji je radio sa divljim dečakom, i on mi je ispričao sve što je znao o njemu. Počeo sam da dolazim u Dom za nezbrinutu decu i da se upoznajem sa tom sredinom”.


8. Deca mu se smeju

Odmah po dolasku u sirotiste divlji decak bio je predmet izrugivanja, ali je, svojom dobrodusnom prirodom, brzo pridobio decu

Vuk Ršumović, kaže kroz osmeh da su neki reditelji, rekli još davno da prvi film ne treba raditi sa decom i životinjama, a on je u filmu imao i jedne i druge. “Ipak, bio sam veoma oprezan. Denisu Muriću, koji igra divljeg dečaka, nisam dao scenario unapred, nego tek kad bi došao na snimanje. Nisam želeo da sam vežba kod kuće, jer bih posle imao više posla da ga odučim od onog što je smislio, a to bi ubilo spontanost. I to je pomoglo. On je izuzetan glumac. Našao sam ga snimanju filma ‘Enklava’ Gorana Radovanovića u kome, takodje, igra zapaženu ulogu. Prethodno sam obišao mnoge škole, ali kad sam njega video znao sam da sam pronašao glumca za moj film. Njegova uloga je zahtevna, jer je u početku sličan životinji: najpre se ponaša kao mala zver, a na kraju filma je socijalizovan mlad čovek. Ipak, bio je odličan u svemu tome, u svim etapama snimanja filma”.

5. Kao vojnik

Decak Haris nabasao je na vojnike koji su mu dali pusku. NIko ne zna da li je preziveo rat

Film se završava tako što dečak mora da se iz birokratskih razloga vrati u Bosnu i Hercegovinu. Tamo počnije rat, a u Dom za nezbrinutu decu stiže pismo od lokalnih bosanskih vlasti u kome se zahteva Harisov brzi povratak. Po povratku u Bosnu, Haris nema gde da ode. Dok besciljno luta, nailazi na grupu vojnika koja ga vodi sa sobom. Dobija pušku i odlazi u borbu… U stvarnosti mu se, u jeku nesrećnog rata, gubi svaki trag. U filmu, na njegovom samom kraju, reditelj daje svom junaku simboličnu mogucnost da se, pošto već ne pripada nijednoj zaraćenoj strani, vrati svojoj jedinoj pravoj porodici – porodici vukova. Tako se njegov boravak medju ljudima završava besmislenim ratom, pucnjavom i mrznjom, a dečak se vraća prirodi i divljim zverima koje su, ispostavice se, pitomije i bezazlenije od ljudi.


Vuk Ršumović sa prijateljima na Filmskom festivalu u Čikagu (Vuk Rsumovic with his friends at Serbian Film Festival in Chicao) 

Pored Denisa Murića u filmu igraju deca Pavle Čemerikić, Isidora Janković i glumci Miloš Timotijević, Tihomir Stanić, Borka Tomović, Goran Šušljik, Zinaida Dedakin, Branka Šelić, Mihailo Laptošević, Draginja Voganjac, Marija Opsenica, Ljuba Todorović i Bora Nenić. Film je realizovan u produkciji Miroslava Mogorovića iz kuće ‘Art & Popcorn’ iz Beograda. Direktor fotografije je Damjan Radovanović kome je ovo takođe prvi igrani film.

Biografija Vuka Ršumovića

Vuk Ršumović je rođen 1975. godine u Beogradu. Završio je dramaturgiju na Fakultetu dramskih umetnosti u Beogradu. Ima veliko iskustvo u radu na televiziji i napisao je više scenarija za kratke filmove, serije, animirane i dokumentarne filmove. ‘Ničije dete’ je njegov prvi igrani film.  Vuk Kaze da je rad na ovom filmu trajao jako dugo – čak osam godina. “Fransoa Trifo je uradio film ‘Divlje dete’ i to je slična priča ovoj . Nastao je na osnovu studije jednog doktora i to se smatra prvom studijom o dečjoj psihijatriji. Taj dečak je nadjen u divljini Francuske, a taj doktor je počeo da radi sa njim. Trifo je rekao da je ovo tema kojom čovek moze da se bavi ceo život. I zaista to sam i ja shvatio baveći se njom, istražujući je. Medjutim, posto sam radio igrani film u nekom trenutku sam morao da podvučem crtu i da kazem – sad je dosta, ono što znam znam, ono što ne znam to ću nekako da domaštam,” kaze Vuk Ršumović.

~ Milica Puric ~ 

Dobrila Pintar and Erwin Overes: Making beautiful art together

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Erwin Overes and Dobrila Pintar – a moment of relaxing during their exhibition of ‘Eurydice’ (2014)

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Whenever creative people unite their imaginations, visions, and talents, the results are amazing. That’s exactly what artist Dobrila Pintar and Erwin Overes have done several times in the past, creating impressive glass sculptures.

Their first work was “Eurydice”, fascinating and enchanting glass sculpture that these two artists presented to the audience in October 2014 at Erwin Overes’ Studio Oh! in Chicago’s vibrant South Loop area. The audience was delighted by the beauty of the sculpture that was inspired by the romance of Orpheus and Eurydice, one of the saddest love stories from Greek mythology.


Dobrila Pintar and Erwin Overes caught the tragic, dramatic moment when Eurydice is disappearing and going back to the underworld 

According to the myth, Orpheus was a legendary poet who had a mesmerizing ability to charm with his beautiful music all living creatures, even trees, and stones. One day, he saw Eurydice, the most beautiful of all nymphs, and instantly fell in love with her. She fell in love with him and after a while, they decided to get married. Unfortunately, instead of experiencing joy and happiness, on the day of their wedding, a snake bit Eurydice and she died. Overwhelmed by sadness and grief, Orpheus started playing mournful songs that all the nymphs and gods began crying. They advised him to go to the underworld and bring Eurydice back from the dead. With his enchanting music, he was performing on his golden lyre, he softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone, the gods of the Underworld. They agreed to allow Eurydice to go back with him, but under one condition: Orpheus should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. However, Orpheus couldn’t resist the temptation, and he turned to look at the love of her life he was desperately missing for a long time. At that moment, she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

Through their sculpture, Dobrila and Erwin caught that  dramatic moment when Eurydice disappears in front of Orpheus’s eyes and returns to the underworld. Their sculpture, made of wood and glass, two seemingly incompatible materials, shows all the intensity and emotions of her second death. She is disappearing, her body is dissolving, although she still wearing the most beautiful glass dress.

“This is a very romantic but sad story where the tragedy happened just at the moment everyone expected love,” Erwin Overes said.


Dobrila Pintar and Erwin Overes presented their second joint artwork, ‘Black Swan’ in October 2015 at ‘Studio Oh!’

During the work on Eurydice, Erwin Overes worked with the wood and Dobrila Pintar with the glass. In her studio at Bridgeport Art Center Gallery in Chicago, she made the glass items for the dress, combining more than 2,000 tiny pieces of glass flowers, leaves and buds.

After “Eurydice,” Dobrila and Erwin made other fascinating glass sculptures – “Black Swan” (2015), “Haru” (2015), “Hana” (2015),  “Whatever…” (2016) and all of them got exceptional feedback from the audience.

Their second sculpture, “Black Swan,” was presented at Studio Oh! the next year, in 2015. The motive of  Black Swan comes from the ballet “Swan Lake” and it is again a tragic love theme. The story says that Prince Siegfried learned on the day of his 18th birthday that he must choose his wife and get married. Surprised by this sudden order and thinking what to do, the Prince walked into the forest, and there, on the lake, saw a flock of beautiful swans that quietly sailed on the lake. The most beautiful swan had the crown on its head. When the night came the swan took the crown off and turned into the most beautiful woman Prince had ever seen in his life. Her name was Odette, the queen of the swans. She told him that evil wizard Von Rothbart, put the spell on her and her girlfriends and turned them into the birds. This curse can only be broken by the love of a young man for the most beautiful girl among them. Until that happens, they will sail along the lake that their parents, filled with sorrow, have filled with their tears.

Enchanted by Odette’s beauty, Prince Siegfried, fell in love with her, but wizard Von Rothbart, tricked him and the Prince, not knowing, declared his love to magician’s daughter Odile. Realizing that he was deceived, he ran to Odette asking her for forgiveness. Since the evil wizard still demanded from Prince to marry her, Odette and he committed suicide by throwing themselves into the lake. This act of love and sacrifice broke Rothbart’s power, and he was destroyed.

5. Staklena skulptura - Crni labud

Dobrila Pintar said that she wanted to give feathers the same authenticity they have in reality. That’s why she added to every feather threads of silver glass to make them look as lifelike as possible.

They worked for months on this new piece. There was much to be done, and every swan’s feather had to be specially made. Dobrila Pintar has tried 50 types of different glass feathers and tested numerous shades of white, gray, yellow and black just to find the most appropriate for their sculpture.

“I worked on this sculpture about six months, and it was much harder than working on ‘Eurydice,’ where I just played,” said Dobrila Pintar, showing the transformation of colors on the swan glass wings from white to black that symbolizes the swan’s transformation.

“Look at these white and yellowish fluffs. This is the beginning of the wing, and as the legend progresses and the tragic end is more possible, the colors are transforming into dark and black.” Dobrila Pintar said she wanted to give feathers the same authenticity they have in reality. That’s why she added to every feather threads of silver glass to make them look as lifelike as possible. At the end result was amazing.

Hana (5)

And another fascinating glass artwork –  ‘Hana’ (blossom) – the geisha’s head

“Erwin Overes and I work well together, and unlike our previous work on ‘Eurydice,’ where we worked spontaneously, this time we made a plan and precious structure,” Dobrila Pintar said.

After “Eurydice” and “Black Swan,” Dobrila Pintar and Erwin Overes created more extraordinary sculptures – “Haru” (springtime) and “Hana” (blossom). “Haru” is beautiful light blue kimono enriched by small, delicate pink flowers, while “Hana” represents the head of a geisha with the hair made from leather and hair ornaments made of glass.

Their last creation, a captivating sculpture named “Whatever…” is a transgender head with a huge, red hat made of glass. With this sculpture, they showed the fact that people nowadays are more fluid in their sexual identity. These breathtaking red roses and ornaments Dobrila Pintar has made are probably the most beautiful pieces of glass any artist can make.


The last creation of Dobrila Pintar and Erwin Overes is a captivating sculpture named ‘Whatever….’ 

Erwin Overes and Dobrila Pintar are a well-known and respected artist in Chicago’s art circles. Dobrila’s unique jewelry made of colored glass and metal is famous in all America. She received many awards for her work, but one of the most important was The Artist of the Month she got in 2012. This recognition has opened the door for her to the famous Art Institute of Chicago and connected her with other artists, galleries, and curators.

With Lisa Stefaniak, Erwin Overes is the owner of the gallery ’Studio Oh! in Chicago. In their gallery, they produce and display their own original art, but they also give the opportunity to professional and emerging artists to exhibit. The gallery’s main focus is modern and contemporary art. Located in the Chicago Arts District of Pilsen, ‘Studio Oh!’ partakes in the monthly 2nd Fridays Gallery Night where over 30+ creative spaces showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. You can see their sculptures at Erwin Overes’ Studio Oh! in Chicago.

~ Milica Puric ~ 

Dusan Vranic, sommelier: ‘A magic land of wine’

~ Milica Puric ~


Dusan Vranic has one of the best jobs in the world. He is a sommelier — a wine connoisseur, taster and “describer” who sells wines to the guests in expensive luxury restaurants. This profession brings Dusan Vranic into situations where he meets people who do not regret spending a couple of hundred, even thousands of dollars to experience the pleasure of drinking the divine beverage. They also pay for Dusan’s knowledge and incredible anecdotes about wines, vineyards, climate, geographical regions of the specific wines and for unimaginable stories about history and political turmoil in the wine’s country of origin. 

Tasting wines wasn’t always Dusan’s profession. He graduated from the Sports Academy in Serbia and came to America in 2006. At that time he didn’t know anything about wine and was interested just in sport. He intended to continue with a master’s in sport, but in order to pay his bills, he had to work. So he started working as a waiter in one restaurant in Philadelphia and slowly became interested in wines.


Dusan Vranic with other sommeliers – Maksimilijan Lužaić, Bojan Vranic and Bruno PerTeran Trapan

Dusan Vranic: “Two or three years went by. I worked in the same restaurant and soon realized I could taste wines, I am good at it! I decided to take a professional wine course in Philadelphia and I did it. Then, something exploded in me. I realized — everything I liked in my life — geography, geology, architecture, history, biology, even politics — all these topics were reflected in the wines. There was a common knowledge about everything collected in wines and in order to know the wines, an expert must know geography, history, geology, architecture, biology, politics. … He must learn how to connect things,” Dusan said.

Soon after that, he was invited to be an Italian wines lecturer in Philadelphia, and he worked there for six months. Drive and passion for wines took him further, so he passed another test and got a certificate as a professional wine specialist. Soon he became a member of the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers organization. At that time he worked as a wine director and general manager in ‘Moshulu’, one of the most famous restaurants in Philadelphia, which also happens to be on a ship. He spent seven years there. With his knowledge about the wines and the constant ambition to learn more and be better in his job, he moved to New York. 


Dusan Vranic in Opus-One-winery-Napa

Dusan Vranic: “A good opportunity appeared in New York, and, as we all know, nobody rejects that city. As a matter of fact, after New York, you can work wherever you want. I applied for the job in the West Village and was immediately invited to work.”

Dusan said he was delighted with the Big Apple. “It is unbelievable how much money people in New York have and how much wines I can taste.”

Talking about his job, he said a good sommelier must be a good psychologist who can “read” people who can spend thousands of dollars for a wine. “These people are willing to pay a lot of money for a few bottles. Recently, we had a guest who was a fan of Burgundy wine. He praised our selection of these wines, and he bought a bottle of the famous Romanée-Conti wine for $3,000! Also, there was a Frenchman from Paris who worked in the wine company and praised our wine list. He said we included all the classic regions of wines, years, prices. That was very nice recognition. I remember one interesting couple: she was from Paris and he was from Mexico City, and they spent during the dinner $700 for wines. They were very interested in hearing suggestions about wines, but also in the stories about the region, the manufacturers, meaningful events that happened at the year of production. When they finished their dinner, they were very happy, not only because they consumed a good wine and spent a lot of money, which obviously they have, but also because they got new knowledge about something they are passionate about.”


The most satisfying thing for Dusan is the fact that he works with people. “A sommelier must be a diplomat,” he said. “It happens that our guests sometimes ask us something we don’t know. In those moments it’s very important to be wise, smart and find an easy way out. We were trained for these situations during our courses. Sometimes organizers create a situation that distracts us and prevents from concentrating — for example, someone hits the door or yells at the moment when we try to concentrate and answer a question — but it is always important to stay focused and calm. All these are natural obstacles and useful for the real situation.”

After this trendy, clubby restaurant, Dusan Vranic started working at the beautiful Clocktower restaurant owned by Stephen Starr and as a wine director in beautiful Riverpark, which belongs to Tom Colicchio. There he hosted several wine auctions, among others Master Blender of Courvoisier cognac house etc. Also, he said that among 1,000 candidates he and 149 other wine professionals were accepted for advanced sommelier examination in November 2017 in The Court of Master Sommeliers in St. Louis. 


Dusan Vranic at wine and coffee class at famous Philadelphia boat – restaurant ‘Moshulu’

When he was asked what advice he would give to people who want to become sommeliers, Dusan said he would encourage them to travel as much as possible and visit diverse wine festivals.

“Not only they can learn a lot about wines, but they would get to know other sommeliers and wine manufacturers. Also, I would recommend them to try as many different wines as possible in restaurants, to be adventurous, to visit as many wine regions as possible. That knowledge about wines will always stay as a part of their culture, no matter whether they are going to be a professional or not. Every time you are with other people of different professions, there will be at least two people who will share the same passion for the wines as you do. The more you know the better for you because nothing brings people together like a good wine!”

 ~ Milica Puric ~ ©



Dušan Vranić, somelijer: Carobna zemlja vina


Dusan Vranic degustira specijalno vino je sacuvano u buradima od bademovog drveta

Dušan Vranić ima jedno od retkih i neobičnih zanimanja. On je somelijer, poznavalac vina, degustator i ‘opisivač‘ vina koji u skupim i luksuznim američkim restoranima degustira, opisuje i prodaje vina bogatim gostima. Rec ‘somelijer’ potiče iz francuskog jezika i znači poznavalac i degustator vina, a ova profesija dovodi Dušana Vranića svakog dana u situacije u kojima upoznaje ljude koji ne žale da potroše nekoliko stoina, čak hiljada dolara kako bi li iskusili užitak ispijanja božanskog napitka. Oni takodje plaćaju i za Dušanovo znanje o vinima, za njegove priče o poreklu vina, vinogradima, klimi i geografskoj regiji odakle je vino poteko, istoriji, političkim previranjima u zemlji, svemu onom što profesionalni poznavalac vina, odnosno somelijer mora da zna.


Jedno od najstarijih Prokupac vina u Zupi i Srbiji, više od 100 godina

Dušan Vranić nije oduvek bio somelijer. U Ameriku je iz Srbije došao 1996. godine kao dimplomirani difovac. Malo pre toga upisao je postdiplomske studije u Nišu na kineziologiji i sportu, a o vinima nije znao bas ništa. Njegov glavni cilj bio je da nastavi sa sportom, da bude profesor fizičkog vaspitanja. Nostrifikovao je dimplomu, a da bi placao račune počeo je da radi kao konobar u jednom filadelfijskom restoranu. Tu se zainteresovao za vina.

“Prošle su dve tri godine, a ja sam video da se tu prodaje jako mnogo skupih vina, da je tu mnogo novca. Video sam da mi leži znanje o vinima, degustacija, pa sam odlučio da upišem kurs vina u Filadefiji. Uporedo sam radio u tom istom restoranu još dve godine, a onda kao da je nešto eksplodiralo u meni. Shvatio sam da sve ono što sam voleo u životu – geografija, geologija, arhitektura, istorija, biologija, pa čak i politika – da se sve to odražava u vinima. U njima je sve to isprepleteno, a da bi poznavao vina stručnjak mora odlično da poznaje geografiju, istoriju, politiku, da nauči kako da povezuje stvar,” kaže naš sagovornik.


Seminar vina u NJujorku predstavljen od strane Christy Canterbury, majstora vina 

Dušana su ubrzo pozvali da bude predavač na kursevima o italijanskim vinima u Filadefiji i tu je radio šest meseci. Interesovanje prema vinima vuklo ga je dalje u nova saznjanja, pa je prošao još jedan test i dobio sertifikat kao poznavalac vina. Došao je do organizacije somelijera ‘Master of someliers’ jedne od naprestižnijih organizacija za sertifikovanje profesionalaca. Sa svojim znanjem o vinima i stalnom ambicijom da nauči što vise i bude što bolji u svom poslu, sedam godina je radio u čuvenom filadefijskom restoranu – jedrenjaku ‘Mošulu’ (Moshulu). Ipak prešao je u Njujork i svoju karijeru nastavio u ovom velikom gradu.

“Pojavila se dobra prilika za moj posao, a posle Njujorka čovek može da radi gde god hoće. U ‘Mošulu’ sam proveo sedam godina, došao do pozicije vinskog direktora i generalnog menadzera i ponudjeno mi je da otvorim novi restoran sa poznatim šefom u Filadefiji. Medjutim, aplicirao sam za isti posao u Njujorku u Vest Vilidzu i odmah bio pozvan da tamo radim’, kaže on i naglašava da ga je ovaj velegrad oduševio. – Neverovatno je koliko ljudi tamo imaju novca i koliko vina mogu da pobam. To samo može da mi doda gorivo na mom putu da idem dalje do master somelijera’.


Ch. Gruaud Larose St. Julien 2004

Dušan dodaje da gostima pomaže svojim preporukama, a pomoć se zasniva na tome koliko novca su spremni da potroše.

“Treba biti dobar psiholog I proceniti ko može da potroši hiljadu dolara za neko vino. Takvim bogatim gostima nikako ne treba preporučiyi neko jeftino vino – kaže on I priseća se da je nedavno imao gosta koji mu je rekao da je njegov restoran jedan od tri restorana u kojima se prodaju kvalitetna vina iz Kalifornije koja koštaju 300 dolara po flaši. Takvi ljudi spremni su da plate dosta, da kupe još nekoliko flaša vina. Tako sam imao gosta koji jako voli Burgundi vina. Pohvalio je našu selekciju vina, a njemu sam, recimo, prodao čuvenu flašu ‘Romane Conti’ za 3,000 dolara! Bio je tu i jedan Francuz iz Pariza koji radi u vinskoj kompaniji i on je jako pohvalno govorio o našoj listi. Rekao je obuhvatamo sve klasične regione po vinima, godinama, cenama… Bilo je to jako lepo priznanje. Takodje pre nekoliko noći u restoranu su večerali devojka iz Pariza i momak iz Meksiko Sitija. Njih dvoje su popili tri flaše vina i potrošili oko 700 dolara! Kad su naručivali zvali su me da me konsultuju oko izbora, želi su da čuju nešto o tom regionu, proizvodjaču, godini proizvodnje. Kad su završili večeru bili su jako srećni ne samo zato što su pili dobro vino i potrošili dosta novca, koga očigledno, imaju nego i zbog novog iskustva i znanja!’


Dusan Vranic: predah od posla uz reku 

To što radi sa ljudima za Dušana je najveća satisfakcija, ali tu treba biti diplomata. – Desi se da nas gosti ponekad pitaju nešto što ne znamop. Tada je važno biti dplomata I izvući se pametno. To se takodje trenira na testovima. Tamo ponkead kreiraju situacije koje vam odvlače pažnju I koncentraciju (neko, na primer, lupi vratima ili vikne baš u trenutku kada pokušate da se koncentrišete i odgovorite na neko pitanje), ali je uvek važno ostati pribran I smiren. Sve su to prirodne prepreke.

Svima onima koji bi želieli da se bave ovim poslom Dušan preporučuje da što vise putuju i idu na različite festival hrane I vina.

“Ne samo da će tako naučiti mnogo o vinima, već će se upoznati sa drugim somelijerima i proizvodjačima vina. Takodje, preporučio bi him da u restoranima probaju što vise različitih vina, da budu avanturisti, da posećuju i upoznaju što vise vinskih predela, jer će tako saznati ne samo o vinima, vec i o kulturi naroda, načinu na koji jedu, piju vina. To znanje o vinima uvek ostaje deo kulture, bez obzira da li će se neko baviti time profeisonalno ili ne. Takodje, kad god se nadjete u društvu sa ljudima različitih zanimanja uvek će se naći barem dve osobe koje dele istu strast prema vinima kao i vi. Uverio sam se da što vise znate to je bolje – jer ništa ne spaja ljude kao dobro vino!”


Kao veliki sportista ucestvovao je u njujorskom maratonu

Posle ‘Standard Grilla’ Dusan Vranic je radio u prelepom ‘Clocktower’ restoranu Steve Starr pre nego sto je poceo da radi kao vinski direktor u ‘Riverparku’ koji pripada Tomm Collichio grupi.

Milica Puric