A small town in Serbia. Nikola, day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, the head of the social services center refuses to return his children and his situation seems hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade.
Nikola is the father of two children in a small town in Serbia and a laborer struggling in poverty. His wages have been two years overdue, and the electricity was cut off two months ago. When the family couldn’t stand it any longer, the wife visits her husband’s workplace with her children and tells them she will burn herself if they don’t pay them. In the end, she sets herself on fire. Fortunately, the wife survives. But the traumatized children get separated from their father by a social welfare agency due to the poor living condition. The children are taken away to be raised by a guardian. To get his children back, Nikola heads to Belgrade to meet with the Minister of Health and Welfare.
The deepening gap between the rich and the poor is occurring in both developed and underdeveloped countries. And it is even worse in the countries like Serbia that have suffered from a war relatively recently. We often wonder who the lousy social safety net is for that was created by hypocritical politicians for the sake of showing off. FATHER casts a question on such issues and impressively depicts a father who just wants to be with his family. (CHUN Jinsu)
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