The documentary film “Tesla’s People”, directed by Zeljko Mirkovic, which features little known stories about the famous Serbs in America, their contribution to the development of humanity and the creation of the history of the United States, had its premiere on 27th October, at 20:00, at Zaduzbina Ilije Kolarca.
The film is an unusual journey through the past and the present of a nation, from the disembarkation of the first Serb on the American soil more than 200 years ago to the present day.
Through the stories of prominent Serbs, including Nikola Tesla and Mihajlo Pupin, the viewers will have the opportunity to meet the triple winner of the Pulitzer Prize Walt Bogdanic, Gordana Vunjak Novaković, the only woman member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Serbian engineers, the creator of the Apollo programme, the legendary Oscar winners Karl Malden, Steve Tesic and Peter Bogdanovich and many others whose name was embedded in the US history.
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In the film, the viewers will be also able to learn about the first Serb in America, George Fischer (Djordje Sagic), who was rescued by the fishermen he was subsequently named and who is included in Livingston’s book “100 Famous Americans”. Another interesting piece of information, found in the film, is that the famous GI Joe toy figure was modelled after a Serb – Mihajlo Pejic.
All these people were trailblazers not only the United States where they lived and worked in part, but also in the history of Serbia. The story of them is not just a story of their success; it is the story of our entire nation and its potential.
The feature documentary was produced by Optimistic Film and RTS, at the initiative of the Tesla Science Foundation in Philadelphia, and the film was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the US Embassy in Belgrade and the Council for Creative Industries of the Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic.
Apropos the premier, the PM’s cabinet has issued a press release saying that “it is important for our prominent citizens living in the world to reconnect with the motherland and for Serbia to give them good enough reasons to return, continue their work here and foster their creativity. On the other hand, it is important that we inform the Serbian citizens about the power and greatness of people whose successes not that known in our country.”
In the film that lasts 83 minutes, over 70 prominent Serbs are featured who have given a big contribution to the history of the United States.
After the premiere at Kolarac, the film will be shown in cinemas throughout Serbia, and next year in the United States.
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