Tvornice radnicima

Factory to the Workers

In Croatia in 2005, a machine tools factory was occupied by its workers. Since then, they have operated collectively, becoming the only successful example of a worker occupation in post-socialist Europe. Today, as they seek a new model of collective ownership, the microcosmic world of the factory clashes with the forces of the globalized market economy, having an increasingly brutal impact on wages and the organization of the factory, causing rising disaffection among the workers. Filmmaker Srđan Kovačević returns regularly over a five year period to make a film that charts the evolution of this communal enterprise. After a decade, the same question remains: can a factory in the hands of workers survive at the periphery of capitalism, or do we need a bigger dream? (Sheffield Doc/Fest)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Tvornice radnicima (Factory to the Workers, 2021, doc)
2022: CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award – Best Documentary
Competition Documentary 2022
Srđan Kovačević
Croatia 2021
105 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Srđan Kovačević
Cinematography Srđan Kovačević
Editing Damir Čučić, Srđan Kovačević, Iva Kraljević
Sound/Sounddesign Ranko Pauković
Producer(s) Sabina Krešić, Luka Venturin
Fade In
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021