The Time: the immediate aftermath of the bloody Balkan wars of the 90s.
The Man: a penniless science-fiction author.
The Job: write the official biography of Croatia's President, Franjo Tudjman.
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In an effort to keep Tudjman out of the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, the Croatian government hired Joe Tripician, author of "The Official Alien Abductee's Handbook", to pen a state-sanctioned biography for US consumption. The biography, far from a whitewashed piece of propaganda, became a darkly comic and sadly tragic tale of deception, danger, death and desire, where guilt abounds, but responsibility remains elusive.
"Balkanized at Sunrise" is the true story of how Joe navigated between toadying government aides, lying politicians, harassed dissident journalists, and Croatian and Bosnian women looking for a quick visa. It's a fascinating memoir of political, moral, and sexual proportions.< Less
Documentary photographer Steve Gubin spent over four years capturing the vigorous cultural life of Chicago's Balkan community. "A Balkan State of Mind" is part photo magazine essay, part... More > Josef Koudelka inspired documentary. Working with Chicago's Balkan folk dance group "Ensemble Balkanske Igre", Gubin gained unique access to photograph moments both public and private at rehearsals, festivals, churches, and nightclubs frequented by the Balkan residents of Chicago. Includes brief historic and cultural commentaries and over 120 black and white photographs.< Less