New East Cinema: Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body (Marta Popivoda, 2013)

We are delighted to announce the next film as part of New East Cinema, our programme of contemporary cinema from the new east curated by The New Social.

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

2013, Serbia / France / Germany, dir. Marta Popivoda

Compiled from documentary archival footage, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body is a research-based essay film that offers a very personal perspective on the history of socialist Yugoslavia, the collapse of the socialist state and its transformation into democratic nation states.

Berlin-based Serbian filmmaker Marta Popivoda’s work lies in the interstice between performance and film, exploring the structure of cultural and political spheres in the former Yugoslavia as well as the wider world.

For Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, Popivoda collected and analysed film footage from 1945 to 2000, focusing on state performances – such as May Day parades and Youth Day celebrations – and counter-demonstrations, including student and civic demonstrations in 1968 and the 1990s, and the 5 October Overthrow of 2000.

Together, they provide a discursive foray into how ideology reveals itself in public space through mass performances and choreography of the public, collective body.

Charting the public manifestation of Communist ideology over the course of several decades, the film traces its zenith and final demise through the changing relations between the people, ideology and the state.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Marta Popivoda via Skype led by Dr Tamara Tomic-Vajagic, Senior Lecturer, Dance Studies, at the University of Roehampton.

About New East Cinema

New East Cinema is a bi-monthly film series curated by The New Social, presented by Calvert 22 in collaboration with Barbican Centre, which looks across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia to uncover the most thought-provoking, daring and vibrant cinema coming from today’s “New East”.

The series goes in search of filmmakers who are not only redefining the cinematic language of their respective countries but are asking what this “post-Soviet” or “post-socialist” landscape may look like and what legacy it bears. Whether surreal, outright fantastical, outlandish or sobering, these films share a hunger for personal and authentic storytelling and ways of seeing.

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