Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

a film by Marta Popivoda

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.

Directors statement
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)

Directed by Marta Popivoda
Written by Ana Vujanović, Marta Popivoda
Edited by Nataša Damnjanović

Executive Producer Dragana Jovović
Sound design Jakov Munižaba
Re-recording mixing Christian Obermaier, Jakov Munižaba
Colorist Maja Radošević
Producers Marta Popivoda, Alice Chauchat
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

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