Source: Peščanik Beograd
(Apart from her writing career, Biljana Srbljanović is an outspoken figure and as such very prominent in Serbian public life. She is known for frequently speaking up on various political topics, as well as for railing against what she views to be "the irresponsibility of the political elite in Serbia", "Serbian violent nationalism" and "the culture of violence and exclusion in Serbian daily life". Some even go so far as to view her work as largely stemming from her political and moral outrage at the situation in Serbia over the last few decades.In September 2001, Srbljanović was sued for libel by film director Emir Kusturica as a result of calling him "an immoral Milošević's profiteer" in an interview for Vreme magazine. She claimed in the same interview that Kusturica's 1995 film Underground was mostly financed by Serbian state TV (RTS), which was financially and editorially controlled by Milošević's regime at the time. The court ruled in Kusturica's favour as her claims couldn't stand up to closer scrutiny after Kusturica's attorney Branislav Tapušković provided a complete documentation of Underground producers and financiers thus proving that funding mostly came from the European production companies while parts of the movie were only shot in Serbian studios. The majority of the public, however, was stunned with Srbljanović's accusation seeing that her own TV series Otvorena vrata was fully produced by and shown on Serbian state TV (RTS) during the same period 1995/96 when Milošević's regime held full control of RTS.