|Years active 2005–present|
Name Boris Malagurski
|Role Film director|
|Born 11 August 1988 (age 27) (1988-08-11) Subotica, SR Serbia,
Occupation Filmmaker, television host, activist
Education University of British Columbia
Parents Branislav Malagurski, Slavica Malagurski
Movies The Weight of Chains, The Weight of Chains 2, Kosovo: Can You Imagine?, The Presumption of Justice, Belgrade
Similar People Miroslav Lazanski, Vladeta Jerotic, Dusko Radovic, Zoran Radmilovic, Zarko Lausevic
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Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer, writer, political commentator, television host and activist, known for his movie The Weight of Chains. He is the owner of Malagurski Cinema.
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- Political views
- Threats controversy
- Kosti allegations
- Television series
- Festival screenings
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Born to Branislav Malagurski and Slavica Malagurski, Boris grew up in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. In an interview for Literární noviny, Prague's cultural and political journal, Malagurski said that his last name originates from the Polish town of Mała Góra, noting that in the 17th century, a soldier from that town fought under the command of Prince Eugene of Savoy against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.
Malagurski emigrated to Canada in 2005 and made a documentary film about his move from Serbia called The Canada Project. Excerpts from the film were shown on Serbian National Television, as a part of Mira Adanja-Polak's TV show. Since then, Malagurski identifies himself as Serbian Canadian. While studying Film Production at the University of British Columbia, Malagurski organized protests in Vancouver against Kosovo's declaration of independence and received help from Canadian journalist Scott Taylor and Irish diplomat Mary Walsh in making his film about Kosovo. Malagurski became a Canadian citizen and remained in Canada until 2011, when he returned to work in Serbia.
In 2010, the newspaper Politika described Malagurski as the "Serbian Michael Moore", though Malagurski himself had spoken of his use of "Michael Moore post-production techniques", earlier in the same year. The description was taken up by many other media outlets.
From 2013 to 2015, Malagurski hosted Revolution, a weekly TV show on Happy TV. The show, featured documentary segments and interviews with state officials, foreign and local experts and ordinary citizens of Serbia, until it was cancelled in January 2015. Malagurski claimed Happy TV gave no official reason for the show's cancellation.
In 2015, Malagurski started work as executive producer and host of a new TV show, Globally, on BN TV, which deals with "global topics from a domestic perspective."
Malagurski also occasionally appears on RT, to comment on Balkan topics and Press TV to comment on European and Middle East topics. During the 2014 Southeast Europe floods, Malagurski reported for Happy TV from several flooded areas in Serbia and, notably, presented the stories of Serbs and Croats working together to help the victims in Obrenovac, which attracted attention from both Serbian and Croatian media outlets.
Malagurski has written articles for the Politika daily newspaper and the political magazine New Serbian political thought.
Malagurski advocates for a "revolution of awareness", noting that "people are brainwashed by TV shows" and are manipulated by the media. He is an EU-sceptic, believing that "chasing the EU is like going on a blind date, you don’t know what will happen, but you still want to go because you are desperate."
In an interview for Marin Marinković's talk show One On One on Alternativna TV, Malagurski identified himself as being left-leaning and, in an article in Danas, denounced attempts by some to label him as "extremely right-wing", noting that his films were screened on leftist festivals such as the Subversive Festival in Croatia, that worldwide screenings were organized with the help of leftist parties such as the Left-Green Movement in Iceland and that he was compared to Michael Moore and even Karl Marx in the Slovenian Delo newspaper. Malagurski described these attempts as "Balkan self-declared leftists and civic elitists wanting to hold on to their monopoly of views that are allowed in that ideological sphere", adding that "if anyone dares to criticize the European union as a bureaucratic elite dictatorship in Brussels, NATO as the army of America's corporate interests and the local NGO sector that deals with politics and receives money from abroad as agents of foreign interests, one can only be labelled as a "right-winger" or whatever sounds more gruesome to uninformed audiences."
Malagurski "supports protests as a form of pressure on governments" and that "elections are important, but democracy works only if we create the conditions under which any elected official will have to make decisions". Malagurski believes that "every government makes decisions in favor of the people only when in fear of the public reaction". As a critic of neoliberalism, Malagurski believes that "resistance to neoliberalism is no longer a matter of ideology, but of common sense", and he advocates the inclusion of young people in politics, noting that most people in Serbia who share similar problems aren't united and can't recognize their common interest.
Malagurski was interviewed for Amir Zukić's talk show Pressing on N1 in which he expressed his condemnation of United States foreign policies, noting that "what the United States are doing to Muslims is far more deceitful than what the Nazis did to the Jews, because the Americans are telling Muslims that everything they do is for their own good." According to Malagurski, this shows how well developed the Western propaganda machine is, adding that "Joseph Goebbels would be fascinated by what the West has achieved." Malagurski also said that what people in the Balkans need is reconciliation and "to talk about what brings us together".
Malagurski has also expressed views on Turkish politics, noting Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's "pursuit of repressive methods", Croatian politics, adding his support for Ivan Pernar and the Živi zid political party and Macedonian politics, arguing that "the West has made Macedonia an extremely vulnerable and divided country, and that as such it needs a miracle to survive, unfortunately."
In October 2011, Malagurski showed his film The Weight of Chains at the Jarinje barricades on the Kosovo-Serbia border, which he said was a show of support for the Serbs fighting for their rights in the disputed province.
In June 2012, Malagurski took part in a protest in front of the Radio Television Serbia building, that called for an end to "organized media darkness" in Serbia and requested the airing of Malagurski's film The Weight of Chains on Serbia's public broadcaster. In front of 200 protesters, Malagurski said that Aleksandar Tijanić, the director of RTS, had told him that despite positive reviews, The Weight of Chains couldn't be aired on RTS because it had already been aired on Happy TV, Malagurski claimed only clips had been shown, which he corroborated with documents from Happy TV. Malagurski also claimed that "Serbia is the only country in the region and in almost all of Europe, where The Weight of Chains has not been shown by the national public broadcaster".
Malagurski has given speeches about Balkan political issues, specifically on the future status of Kosovo. These include student and public forums at the University of Belgrade and elsewhere.
In September 2012, Malagurski and Ivana Rajović (co-director), filed a criminal investigation request at Belgrade public prosecutor's office against 12 members of an internet message board for alleged "organized threats to their life and personal and professional safety", made on the message board after the premiere of The Presumption of Justice. Three of the 12 were charged and found guilty in March 2014 at the trial court in Belgrade, each was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for 3 years of probation. Malagurski's actions and the court's decisions were criticised by Milica Jovanović, and Dario Hajrić writing in Peščanik, and Jovana Gligorijević, writing in Vreme.
Malagurski replied in responses published by Vreme in March 2014 and by NSPM in April 2014. Historian Čedomir Antić criticised Malagurski's accusers in an op-ed in Politika.
In January 2013, after an interview for Malagurski's TV show Revolution with Vesna Kostić of the World Bank office in Belgrade was broadcast, Kostić complained that Malagurski had "forged" a conversation in the broadcast. Malagurski denied the claims, adding that Ms. Kostic "forgot how she answered the questions".