The official trailer along with a ‘behind-the-scenes look’ featurette debuted this week for Holocaust-era drama Dara of Jasenovac, Serbia’s official Academy Awards selection for Best International Feature, which opens in select theaters on February 5, 2021.
Directed and produced by Predrag Peter Antonijevic, Dara of Jasenovac personalizes this part of history that has been mainly concealed from the public, through the eyes of a young girl named Dara. To this day, there is still controversy surrounding on how many lives were actually taken at Jasenovac.
In 1940s Croatia, 10-year-old Dara (Biljana Cekic) comes face-to-face with the horrors of the Holocaust-era after she is sent with her mother and siblings to the concentration camp complex known as Jasenovac. Overseen by vicious emissaries of the fascist Ustase government, the facility, the only operational death camp during World War II not created or run by the Germans, is tasked with murdering Serbs, Jews and Roma people and re-educating the few children deemed worthy of rehabilitation. As unspeakable atrocities unfold all around her, young Dara must summon tremendous courage to protect her infant brother from a terrible fate, to safeguard her own survival and to plot a precarious path toward freedom.
The featurette takes a behind-the-scenes look at this first-ever feature film about the violent Holocaust-era concentration camp complex Jasenovac.