Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body
by Marta Popivoda

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

The documentary 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 63rd Berlinale within Forum Expanded section (international premiere) >>>.
Beldocs - International Documentary Film Festival - as opening film >>>.
The 19th Sarajevo Film Festival (world premiere) - Jury Special Mention >>>.
Underdox - 8. Festival für Dokument und Experiment in Munich >>>.
DMZ 5th Korean International Documentary Film Festival in Seul, South Korea >>>.
54th Festival dei Popoli - International Documentary Film Festival in Florence >>>.
13th Watch Docs - International Documentary Film Festival in Warsaw >>>.
Balkan Tage 2014 in München >>>.
Zagreb Dox - International Documentary Film Festival in Zagreb >>>.
Sguardialtrove Film Festival in Milano >>>.
goEast - 14. Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden >>>.
17th Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival in Ankara, Turkey >>>.
22th Barcelona International Women's Film Festival >>>.

Exhibitions / Art Festivals:
HOME WORKS 6 - A Froum on Cultural Practices, Beirut, Lebanon >>>.
Exhibition "Ten Thousand Wiles & Hunderd Thousand Tricks - "Meeting Points 7 - Contemporary Art Festival - M HKA, Antwerp >>>.
Exhibition "Was ist Kunst", Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz >>>.
Performing the Public: Art & Citizenship - -Lecture/debate/video at Kaaitheater, Brussels >>>.
BONE Performance Art Festival - Stadtgalerie, Bern >>>.
Polictricks - a programm on power, propaganda, populism and patriotism at Beursschouwburg in Brussel >>>.
Astra Film Festival in Sibiu >>>.
DOK Leipzig >>>.

Documentary / 62' / Serbia, France, Germany 2013


Directed by Marta Popivoda

Written by Ana Vujanovic, Marta Popivoda  

Edited by Nataša Damnjanovic

Sound design Jakov Munižaba

Re-recording mixing Christian Obermaier, Jakov Munižaba 

Colorist Maja Radoševic

Graphic design Katarina Popovic

Producers Marta Popivoda, Alice Chauchat 

Executive Producer Dragana Jovovic

Co-Producer Ann Carolin Renninger

Produced by TkH [Walking Theory], Belgrade
Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris
Universität der Künste Berlin, Berlin
joon film, Berlin

Supported by Program Archive of Television Belgrade
Périphérie - Centre de création cinématographique
Dart film


     Postcard / Katarina Popovic