HERE WE MOVE, HERE WE GROOVE

By Sergej KRESO

DOXY - as PROD

Art - Culture - Production 2020

“Here we move, here we groove” is going to be a swinging and grooving film that will be asking serious
questions about a changing Europe by showing the audience the pleasantly disturbing Balkan chaos.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Art - Culture, Documentary
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • GERMAN, ENGLISH, FRENCH, CROATIAN
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sergej KRESO
    • Synopsis
    • ‘Here we move, here we groove’ follows Robert Soko right around the time that he is at a crossroads in his life. His personal search reveals a bigger story about a changing Europe. Robert realizes that if he wants to stay relevant as a DJ and musician he has to find a way to adjust again

      Robert’s personal life is similar to his music – one big cultural mix. He is from Bosnian descent with a German nationality and he is married to Hanaa, who is French with Algerian roots. The Berlin neighbourhood Kreuzberg, where Robert lives, also houses a mixture of more than 180 different nationalities, and as DJ and founding father of Balkan Beats, he mixes authentic Balkan- and gypsy music with upbeat Western dance and pop. He calls it ‘culture recycling’ and it’s off the charts. His migrant existence in a Berlin cab changed during the hopeful years after the fall of the Iron Curtain into the exiting life of a music performer. Balkan Beats became a worldwide trend. Because of it he was still ‘on the move’, from Berlin to London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tokyo and Mexico City – only now he was not a refugee anymore.

      In the course of the years, Robert has started to settle little by little. After two failed marriages, he finally found some peace with Hanaa and their two-year-old daughter Yasmine. But being a stay at home dad is not always easy when you are also the Godfather of Balkan Beats who is always ‘on the move’. Especially when the changing taste in music of the audience seems to turn his back to Balkan Beats.

      The film shows how Robert Soko searches for different cultures, who are new in Europe and which he can add to his cultural music mix. Because he needs new input, a new élan for his music, Soko starts looking for like-minded artists with whom he can work together in Kreuzberg, but also in the fringes of Europe, where also his own roots come from. The Balkan, Greece, France. Robert’s search shows how the current social climate in Europe has changed into an inward society where new lines are being drawn instead of expanded. Other cultures evoke fear, not hospitality. Robert wants to break through those boundaries and start celebrating the cultural diverseness of Europe. Whether he will succeed remains the question though. Has the open-minded Europe really disappeared or will music still be able to connect people together?