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Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body (2013)
Jugoslavija, kako je ideologija pokretala naše kolektivno telo (original title)
Jugoslavija, kako je ideologija pokretala nase kolektivno telo (title with latin characters)
Documentary, 62 min
Production countries   Serbia,Germany,France
Language   Serbian
Director   Marta Popivoda
Scriptwriters   Ana Vujanovic, Marta Popivoda
Producer   Marta Popivoda
Plot keywords    
drama, History
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The film deals with the question of how ideology performed 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 ends at the doors of contemporary Serbian democracy and neoliberal capitalism, demanding that we reflect on why citizens so easily abandoned the ideas of socialist collectivism, brotherhood and unity, workers rights, and free education, replacing them, firstly, with nationalism and war, and then with a promise of freedom and democracy which instead turned out to be individualism and “wild” capitalism. In dramaturgical terms, the film combines the theoretical concepts of social choreography and social drama, transposing them into film language. Through this directorial gesture, Popivoda explores a genesis from Richard Sennett’s thesis – when ideology becomes a belief, it has the power to activate the people and their social behavior – to the thesis of Renata Salecl – at some point people in Yugoslavia had only a belief in belief: they didn’t believe in communist ideology anymore, but believed others did.
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Production format   HDCAM
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