Original Film Title: Lastovski Poklad
Director’s Name: Bruno Režek
Writer’s Name: Stela Jurić
Producer: Island of Lastovo Tourist Board
Country of Origin: Croatia
Country of Filming: Croatia
Runtime: 23 minutes 13 seconds
A short documentary chronicling the historical and current representation of one of the oldest carnival traditions in the world. For almost 5 and a half centuries the people of Lastovo, a small and remote island in the Adriatic Sea, have continued to maintain this custom that celebrates the unwavering human need for freedom, but also playfulness and spiritual purification. The preparations and customs leading up to and Fat Tuesday itself are viewed with a rare sense of historical respect, privilege to take part in and spiritual release before spring is ushered in. Fat Tuesday or Poklad is a day unlike others for Lastovo when life and play is experienced completely and it is treasured by all who have experienced it.