Conjuring reality and wonder, 'Speak so I Can See You' takes us to a seemingly different era, by exploring the world of Radio Belgrade. One of Europe’s oldest radio stations and a true institution of the city, the station still broadcasts original programming and helps keep history, culture and critical thought, as well as ever- relevant questions about ourselves and the world, from slipping out of memory and mind.
Set at the intersection of an observational documentary and a unique sensory experience, the film conjures everyday scenes at the station, and immersive interludes exploring the relationship between sound and the space it inhabits. Through a synaesthetic blend of sounds, words, notes, echoes and light, we are taken into a unique cinematic soundscape that doubles as a love letter to radiophonic art, and is a disarming insight into what makes us remember, understand, think, discover, and feel.
Dir. Marija Stojnić - 73min - 2019 - Serbia, Croatia, Qatar
"watching the public broadcaster’s technicians at work, listening to the stream of philosophical and political voiceovers is akin to hacking into a live transmission of the soul of a Balkan cultural institution...this is broadcasting as a gateway into another dimension" - The Guardian
"the blend of voices, sounds, echoes and lights recalls the aesthetics of horror films, accentuating the movie’s strong synaesthetic power. In general, the documentary is rich in these brilliant moments...a unique cinematic experience." - Cineuropa
"a synaesthetic valentine to the radiophonic artform, and a transportive homage to the cultural value of public radio recording." -ExBerliner
"evocatively recalls Yugoslavia’s golden age of radio broadcasting even as it portends the public station’s uncertain future in our increasingly authoritarian times" - DocFortnight, Moma
"all about radiophonic sound—its power and beauty" - IDFA