|THE SECOND MEETING|
In March 1999 during the Balkan conflict, Dale Zelko, US pilot of the 'invisible' F117A aircraft, was shot down by Zoltan Dani, missile officer in the Serbian army. That was their first encounter Twelve years later, they are reunited as friends. The Second Meeting is the feature documentary directed by Zeljko Mirkovic that traces the emotional journey of two different people, culturally, socially and geographically apart, who are brought together by a random act of war. It's a poignant, uplifting story of how the bonds of friendship can be forged on the battlefield.
Award-winning film director and producer, Zeljko Mirkovic, earned an undergraduate degree in TV directing at the Academy of Art in Belgrade in 1999, and an MA at ETMA (European Television Management Academy) Strasbourg, France, and Bournemouth University, Media School, UK. Currently he is completing his PhD dissertation at the University of Vienna, Austria, in the Media and Communication Department. He has won 45 international awards for his documentaries.
His most recent documentary, The Second Meeting, was an official Oscar's candidate. Zeljko's films have been featured at more than 200 international film festivals and broadcast over TV stations throughout Europe, USA and Asia.
With over 10 years' experience in film and documentary production and media management, Zeljko has worked with numerous international film companies and TV stations in the USA, UAE, Belgium, UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Serbia and Montenegro.
He is owner of Optimistic Film.
He has been an invited film lecturer in universities in New York City; Los Angeles; Berlin, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Geneva, Switzerland; Gorizia, Italy, and Belgrade, Serbia. Currently he a Professor of Film and Digital Media at EMU, Harrisonburg, VA, USA.
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The first time , they shoot at each other. Now comes their second meeting. This is a story about humanity and hope... When adversaries become friends.