Free as a Bird

Lizzi Weischenfeldt, Denmark, 2000

59 min.DK/Documentary

»Free as a Bird« is the third part of a trilogy about children of war. The film is about Ivana, who is now fifteen years old. With the exception of Alen, her big brother, Ivana has lost her whole family in the Yugoslavian conflict. Now she is living in England, together with her brother and a family that she met in a refugee camp in Croatia. Ivana struggles to be accepted among her new companions and to make a place for herself in her new country. She tries to work through her traumatic past, but at the same time she is strong-willed, wants to live in the present and look at the future with optimism.

»Som fugle i bur«/»Like Birds in a Cage« (1994) and »Krig er ikke for børn«/»War is Not a Children's Game« (1996) were the first parts in Weischenfeldt's trilogy about children of war. »Free as a Bird« completes the trilogy.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title En fremmed fugl
Danish title En fremmed fugl
Keywords United Kingdom, The, Young people, Immigrants, Refugees
Director Lizzi Weischenfeldt
Producer Annette Mari Olsen
Director of Photography Katia Forbert Petersen
Editor Lizzi Weischenfeldt
Sound Preben Mortensen
Appearance Ivana Plesa, Alen Emehmedi, Chanel Jones, Dionne Howell
Production country Denmark
Production company Sfinx Film/TV
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales TV 2 World
Technical info color, Sound
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Sfinx Film/TV
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Lizzi Weischenfeldt


Producer Annette Mari Olsen


Cinematography Katia Forbert Petersen


Editing Lizzi Weischenfeldt


Sound Preben Mortensen


Appearance Ivana Plesa
Appearance Alen Emehmedi
Appearance Chanel Jones
Appearance Dionne Howell
Appearance Zlatko Pransic

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Festival Festival date
Malmö, BUFF 2002-03-12
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