Asked about doing the Pame masterclasses, Taskovski says: “With me things always work out.”
It was the explosive fragmentation of her homeland, Bosnia, that made Taskovski determined to give back to society, and work towards human understanding and tolerance through film.
“I was even more inspired to dedicate my life to work which will bring peace and understanding among different cultures,” says the producer who founded Taskovski Films 20 years ago.
This philosophy has promoted her to help produce films with cross boundary themes, and share powerful messages of survival and struggle. Her films have ranged from North America, Europe, and Asia, including Nepal.
Taskovski’s films have been screened at more than 1,000 festivals worldwide in the past two decades, including the Berlin International Film Festival, IDFA, Sheffield International Documentary Festival among many others. The 2004 documentary Czech Dream, a thought-provoking documentary on how marketing campaigns are manipulating people, was awarded the best non-fiction film at Michael Moore’s film festival in 2005.
More than anything, she sees films promoting not just art but a larger cause. Films could be a way to connect cultures, to support societies, help overcome differences and dispel fears, she says.
“We as human beings on this planet are meant to live together, embrace diversity in human unity and meant to take care of the planet,” says Taskovski, “film is a tool to make our societies live in peace.”
Her passion for film has meant pushing boundaries in search for bold ideas, discovering new talent and authorial stories. And that has come with its rewards. Taskovski Films now represents films of Oscar nominees like of Petra Costa, Tilda Swinton, Javier Bardem, Radu Jude, Helena Trestikova among many other award-winning directors.
“You need to be smart and think about how one can make the authentic local story have a universal message so that people in different countries can also benefit from it,” says Taskovski who recently wrapped up co-producing The Golden Thread by Indian filmmaker Nistha Jain.
Asked about the message she will be imparting at the Pame masterclass next month, Paskovksi says: “The way to succeed in life, as in filmmaking, is to believe in everything you really really want and put all your intentions into it. Everything in life is possible.”