Saturday February 6th 2016 at 6pm
The Croatian Club Adelaide, via car park/main entrance
15 Wood Avenue Ridleyton.
‘Moja voljena Hrvatska’ (My beloved Croatia)– A Film About Joe Šimunić
Directed by Jakov Sedlar, is a 67 minute film about patriotism, identity through sport & pressure on Croatian sport & its role in promoting Croatia around the world. Šimunić plays the main role in the film.
“If I don’t tell my story, then someone else will tell my story”
said the former Hertha Berlin & Dinamo Zagreb defender,
whose career was ended by a 10-match FIFA ban.
Šimunić, who represented Croatia 105 times, was suspended by football’s world governing body FIFA for 10 matches back in 2013 for
what FIFA declared was ‘discriminatory behaviour’ when he chanted
‘Za Dom’ to the crowd during post-match celebrations after Croatia
beat Iceland during their World Cup play-off match.
FIFA accused him of neo-Nazi sympathies having directed the crowd in a chant following the game, saying that the salute was reminiscent of the salute used by the fascist movement in Croatia during World War II.
The films focus is not only on this, but also on the entire footballing career of one of the best Croatian players to have ever played the sport.
The film also contains rare footage of matches he participated in as well as players known in the sport & all those who know Josip 'Joe' Šimunić.
Šimunić is currently in the process of trying to clear his name with the International Court of Human Rights.
Following the movies premier screening, Josip Šimunić will be available to answer questions & to also sign/autograph dvds & memorabilia.
Admission is $20 (DVD 'Moja voljena Hrvatska' included upon admission)