The Woman Who Talks to Animals

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  • 2011
  • 28'
  • digibeta
  • color
  • part of the Changing the World documentary series
  • Orig. Title: Ona koja priča sa životinjama

Hela has always dreamed of owning a farm of contented, happy animals. Three years ago she quit her job as a nurse, said goodbye to the comforts of an urban lifestyle, sold her apartment and began building a new life on a plot of land she had inherited from her grandmother. Today she lives with around fifty goats, two cows, two horses, a donkey and a pot-bellied pig. Hela knows each animal’s name and nature. On her magical farm there is no coercion or punishment. If animals are exhausted, old or sick, they are sent to dignified retirement. She calls her method emotional farming.

Director
Dana Budisavljević
Screenplay
Dana Budisavljević i Miljenka Čogelja
Cinematography
Eva Kraljević
Editing
Vanja Siruček
Music
Nenad Kovačić
Sound Design
Livada produkcija
Producers
Dana Budisavljević, Lidija Katarina Matančević Preradović
Production
Hulahop
Co-production
Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT)

Dana Budisavljević (1975) graduated from the department of film and TV editing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She has worked as an editor, director and producer on creative documentary films and TV series, including the international festival success Straight A’s (2004). In 2005, she was a co-founder, with Nenad Puhovski, of the ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival. In 2006, she founded the Hulahop Film and Art Production together with her fellow producer Olinka Vištica.

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