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Sunday, Nov 3 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Greetings From Free Forests

with Ian Soroka

Drifting through the densely forested landscape of southern Slovenia—Greetings From Free Forests reveals a refuge of embedded historical memory. During WWII, this forest served as a sanctuary for the Partisan Liberation Front, who were resisting the Fascist occupation of Yugoslavia. The film travels alongside the testimonies of local hunters, foresters, cavers, and foragers among others—orbiting around an absence left by radical struggle after it has come to fruition and since faded.

Winner of DocLisboa’s Lisbon City Grand Prix, The Brooklyn Rail called it, “the competition’s most interesting film—and maybe its most unclassifiable…[it] moves discursively rather than didactically; offering a mixture of perspectives on the landscape’s past and present, rather than the single, authoritative essay voice that is common in similar films”

We’re delighted to host Ian Soroka, former UNDO staff member, back home for the screening of his debut feature. He’ll be in attendance for conversation following the film.


Greetings From Free Forests

98 min., 2018, Slovenia / USA /Croatia

During WWII, this forest served as a sanctuary for the Partisan Liberation Front, who were resisting the Fascist occupation of Yugoslavia. Remnants of this event can still be found throughout the forest in various states of decay, but also within images that sought to preserve the revolution’s emancipatory energy for future generations; images now stored in an underground film archive buried within the forest itself, depicting both the violence and the hope that came with radical change.

98 min

Ian Soroka works in non-fiction forms of film and video. He studied cinema and philosophy at the University of Colorado in Boulder, in Prague at FAMU, and completed an M.S. in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT. Ian is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Award recipient, and a Fulbright Fellow in Slovenia, where he was a guest researcher at the Slovenian National Film Archive and Cinematheque. His work has screened internationally in festival, gallery and museum contexts including: DocLisboa, Art of The Real, Dok.Fest München, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid and Kinoteka, Ljubljana. Ian is from western Colorado and is based in the San Francisco Bay area.


Sunday, Nov 3
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Free – $10


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States
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