It Rains Differently |

FOREST: I was born in Yugoslavia. The countless hands of Youth Work Actions built the new country’s transport infrastructure, its bloodlines; they planted the forest so that its young body could breathe, its blood circulate, to strengthen the heart, stimulate the body to grow, regenerate itself, rejoice. I came out of a notion of natural and social revival by using the power of the collective body that shaped the body of the new federal state.

— from “It Rains Differently”, written by Dušica Dražić, Tanja Šljivar, and Mirjana Dragosavljević


Call for participation in the reforestation of Pešter plateau

What: International volunteer reforestation of the Pešter plateau and production of the film “It Rains Differently”

Where: Pešter plateau, close to Sjenica, Serbia 

When: from August 18th to 25th, 2024

We invite you to join the reforestation of the Pešter plateau, which is organized as part of the scientific and artistic project “Forest Encounters” and the making of the film “It Rains Differently” by Dušica Dražić, in cooperation with the Institute of Forestry in Belgrade and the Forest Management department in Sjenica.

Volunteers are provided with: 

  • Bus transport from Belgrade to Sjenica (Sunday, 18/08) and back (Sunday, 25/08)
  • Accommodation in Sjenica (double and triple rooms)
  • Full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Professional forestation training, led by forestry technicians from Sjenica

If you are interested, you need to take several important criteria into account:

  • You need to be over 18 years old
  • You need to agree to be filmed and photographed during your stay
  • You need to be physically fit to work in the field (digging and planting)
  • The participation of all volunteers is voluntary and unpaid

Applications are open until July 15th, 2024. If you are interested in participating, fill out the form or send an inquiry to:

A detailed work program will be sent to all applicants after the call is closed.

See you at Pešter!



The film “It Rains Differently” is a portrait of a forest as a fictional character. It is a meditation on collective labor, on imaginary that fulfills itself through the form of Forest that is in constant making and only through that manages to persist all the changes. Forest as a transnational, political, social and cultural collective entity.

This Forest was created on the karst Pešter plateau in southwestern Serbia, not far from the Kosovo border. Every summer between 1973 and 1988 thousands of young people from all over the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia volunteered for reforestation. The labor was organized through Youth Work Actions, bringing new generations together in the spirit of Brotherhood and Unity. My late father, Milutin Dražić, was the leading forest engineer of this project. He was a witness of the long-term dedication, (volunteer) labor, care and trust (or belief) in the social and political imaginary that are outside the conditions of consumption.

Forty years later 150.000 ha of mature Forest dominate the landscape. Despite all the societal changes that unfolded — the collapse of the country, wars, privatizations, ecocides. Despite all the secrets buried within her (Forest).

“It Rains Differently” steps away from the symbolic realm, producing a new forest while producing the film. In summer volunteers gather once again on the Pešter plateau, but this time they are there not only to plant a new forest, but to participate in the collective making of this film.

“It Rains Differently” is a result of the collective work

Concept and direction: Dušica Dražić
Original scenario: Tanja Šljivar, Dušica Dražić, Mirjana Dragosavljević
Voices: Vladislava Đorđević, Željko Maksimović, Milutin Dapčević, Paul Murray
Production on location: Ana Vuković, Dušica Dražić
DOP: Hannes Boeck
Sound design: Bojan Palikuća
Media archive research: Doplgenger
Editing: Wim Janssen, Hannes Boeck, Doplgenger, Dušica Dražić
Translation of the original scenario (Naš to English): Žarko Cvejić
Proofreading of the original scenario (English): Paul Murray

Co-produced by: Escautville, Out of Sight, Stereovizija

Development of the film is supported by: Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Forest Encounters — European cooperation project (2023–25) co-funded by the European Union, Institute of Forestry in Belgrade, STUK, Morpho, KAAP, Museum of Yugoslavia

Development of the multimedia installation is supported by: Forest Encounters — European cooperation project (2023–25) co-funded by the European Union, Museum of Yugoslavia