THE DAY I SHALL NOT FORGET FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE – Đino Đivanović – CROATIAN RADIO – Croatia

subtitled video | 46 min


Synopsis

The feature titled “The Day I Shell Not Forget for the Rest of My Life” is the story of Carpathia, the ship best known for heading into the precarious rescue of people from the Titanic on April 15, 1912.
It is also the story of all of these people: officers, sailors and passengers, participants of this event that forever marked their lives.
The feature follows the chronology of  Carpathia’s sailing history, focusing on the tragic and heroic moments that took the two ships into eternity.
An authentic testimony of these events is brought to us through the diary of Marija Aliuš Bartowski, a teacher from Osijek who wrote this extraordinary biography after finding herself on the Carpathia traveling from New York to Rijeka that day.
Her diary entries take us back into the midst of the dramatic scenes of the shipwreck rescue, but also portray a charismatic woman who left behind an extremely private and historical document.

Produced by

Đino Đivanović


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9 thoughts on “THE DAY I SHALL NOT FORGET FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE – Đino Đivanović – CROATIAN RADIO – Croatia

  1. OPENING STATEMENT

    I am quickly drawn into this story about the adventurous Marija.
    The beautiful music and sound and the atmosphere of early 1900 is very present and it makes me to want to go on listening.
    Marijas short notes in the diary and the interview with her grandson keeps me interested.
    The story and the dramaturgy works for me as long as we are close to the story of Carpathia and Marijas journey.
    I get a little disappointed when we get into facts that seems a little bit too general and when we sometimes come a little bit too far away from the main story or the timeline.
    However, to view the catastrophy of Titanic through the eyes of Marija and from the ship´s deck of Carpathia is thrilling and a really good idea.
    There are many short and strong pictures in the scenes of the rescue.
    The icebergs, the voyage in the night.
    The 28-year old man who throws himself into the see because he doesn’t want to loose his child – and survives. His brother left on the sinking Titanic.
    The rescued woman in Marijas bed who have lost her family, and many moore.
    It’s a documentary full of colours.

    1. Thank you for your comment Ylva!

      Regarding the part where you say „I get a little disappointed when we get into facts that seems a little bit too general and when we sometimes come a little bit too far away from the main story or the timeline.”, I guess you mean the details related to the technical information about the ship, or some moments from Rijeka (port, historical data) or even the role of our titanicologist interlocutor… to make the documentary we wanted, and that meant that there was also an “educational” or “popular-scientific” element, this was to some extent necessary.

      In general, we tried to achieve a balance between Marija’s diary, historical facts, the role of the other protagonists, the drama and the documentary aspect. However, Maria Bartowski’s diary and her American adventure is undoubtedly an essential element of our documentary and a story that deserves to be presented to the world. Thanks once again 🙂

  2. I love this story. Because this is a STORY. Because of a radio work: authentic voices, discrete narration, great editing, musicality, vivid pictures. Maybe it’s not an innovative radio, but – what’s the more important – it incorporates the most precious molecule of our medium – a tender humanism transmitted with sound. And (after listening in last days many “crime stories”), I’m simply grateful for this 🙂

    1. Kasia, I am so glad that the story touched you, and that you found it inspirational. As you said, it’s not a groundbreaking feature, but it tries to use all the radiophonic tools to tell a Story about one ship and the people on it… It’s a story we all know something about, but now it’s coming from a new personal angle of a woman that deserved to be heard, even a century later. Last but not least, there is another perhaps interesting detail: Poland is also in some way part of this story – Marija’s husband Franjo was of Polish origin, a member of the noble Lubicz family, as her grandson Branimir told us. 🙂

  3. Hello Đino!

    This really paints a picture! It feels like a lot of effort was put into it. How much time did you spent doing the research? Is the story Carpathia well known in Croatia, and what do you think – speaking of this piece – was the biggest revelation to the local audience?

    1. Vladimir, thank you so much for your comments!

      In terms of time invested, from the very beginning of the research to the premiere, a little over a year has passed. It was extensive work in every sense (general preparation, research, field work, site preparation, contacts and arrangements with interlocutors, original music written for the documentary …).

      It seems to me that the greatest discovery for our audience is actually the whole story itself. Many people in Croatia previously have never heard of Carpathia’s accomplishment, let alone the diary of Maria Bartowski. We hope that with this documentary we have paid at least a little respect to this exceptional story and the people who participated in it!

  4. Hello Dino, thank you for your program. I learned something about an aspect of a historical event i didn’t know that much about. The testimonials were very interesting.

  5. Hi dino well done> your program shows that the most important part of telling story is story in itself. Tradition is still alive and in a good shape. Your documentary touched me emotionally. Listening to all voices I had the images in my head. the little I would only reconsider use of music and its character
    it is only to add a spoonful of tar in a barrel of honey

  6. Dear Đino,
    your feature I heard today took me back in time to the beginning of 20th century, where I could absorb the atmosphere and story of Carpathia. Firstly, I would like to tell how much I liked the idea of making feature about Carpathia, not Titanic and using this topic form totally divergent view. Since I was little I was obsessed about stories about Titanic, but this story gave me different point of view, moreover it tells story not only about tragedy, but also about ship that survived till the end of the First World War. Personally, I would never look after information about Carpathia or connection to Croatian citizens, so I am glad that you go into depth of this topic. Even the story about Marija is extremely catching and her descriptions felt so real, yet very poetic. I wish there were more testimonies, from others who survived and helped to rescue survivals.
    Secondly, I appreciate using of female actress to read Marija´s diary. It gave very realistic perception of story. Furthermore, using of sound effect makes me feel the atmosphere, for example the moment where she describes what instruments she can hears, but especially the scene of sinking, when we can hear this horrifying sound, that gave me goosebumps.
    Thirdly and lastly, I admire your precision where you connects actresses´ reading of diary, real historian and “titanicologist” interpretation, narrator and descendants of witnesses. I like the idea how you divide these parts, none of them outweighs another instead they are perfectly balanced which results in this breathtaking feature!

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