26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Iva Radivojević
original title: Aleph
country: United States, Croatia, Qatar
year: 2021
running time: 91 min.


Aleph. Alpha. The transcending beginning of the alphabet, of life, of the universe. The breath, the air, the beginning of everything. Fictitious as well as real characters guide the viewer through continents, countries and stories all interconnected in the microcosmos of the Argentinian writer Jorge Luís Borges as re-imagined by Iva Radivojević. “The Girl Without Feelings” fascinates the viewer and lets them escape to various worlds and places from Buenos Aires through Algeria, India, and Nepal all the way to the Artic; to places interconnected by the anticipated meaning of mystical fragments of this inventive film; places filled with stories, songs and habits of Bedouins, artists, lesbians, and nuns.

„It is but a dream. In a dream, everything is a sign. In this dream, everything starts with the letter alpha (aleph). The first letter of most alphabets. Alpha is the gateway to the entire universe.”


Iva Radivojević (1980) is a film director and editor of Serbian origin. She was born in Belgrade and is living her life travelling between the US, Serbia, Cyprus, and Alaska. Her audio-visual works consist of essays, fragments and collages reflecting on topics such as migration and identity and exploring the metaphysical and magical moments in life.

more about film

director: Iva Radivojević
cast: Anne Waldman, Guillermina Pico, Bouamama BenFarah, Žarko Laušević , Irina Giri, Desire Marea
producer: Madeleine Molyneaux, Iva Radivojević, Vilka Alfier
script: Iva Radivojević
photography: Jimmy Ferguson
editing: Iva Radivojević
sound Design: Leandros Ntounis
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
Kudy z nudy