Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

Screening by Marta Popivoda
NEW DATE: Saturday January 257pm 

Serbia / France / Germany
62 min / 2013 
The film deals with the question of how ideology performs itself in public space through mass performances. The author collected and analyzed film and video footage from the period of Yugoslavia (1945 – 2000), focusing on state performances (youth work actions, May Day parades, celebrations of the Youth Day, etc.) as well as counter-demonstrations (’68, student and civic demonstrations in the ‘90s, 5th October revolution, etc.). Going back through the images, the film traces how communist ideology was gradually exhausted through the changing relations between the people, ideology, and the state.
The film premiered at 63rd Berlinale within Forum Expanded, and got the Special Jury Mention at the 19th Sarajevo Film Festival.

"This research-based essay film is a very personal perspective on the history of socialist Yugoslavia, its dramatic end, and its recent transformation into a few democratic nation states. Experience of the dissolution of the state, and today’s "wild" capitalist reestablishment of the class system in Serbia are my reasons for going back through the media images and tracing the way one social system changed by performing itself in public space." (Marta Popivoda)
Marta Popivoda is a filmmaker, video artist and a cultural worker from Belgrade, currently based in Berlin. She is a member of the editorial collective TkH (Walking Theory) within which she initiated and participated in many local and international artistic and cultural projects (such as illegal_cinema: Belgrade, Paris, Bilbao). Her work has been presented internationally at film festivals and exhibitions of photography, installation art, and video. www.martapopivoda.info