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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 counterdemonstrations
(’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.

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
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