Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body 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.). Revisiting these images, the film traces how communist ideology was gradually exhausted through the changing relations between the people, ideology, and the state. “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).
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Direction: Marta Popivoda
Script: Ana Vujanović, Marta Popivoda
Editing: Nataša Damnjanović
Sound: Jakov Munižaba
Production: TkH [Walking Theory], Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Universität der Künste Berlin, joon film
Producers: Marta Popivoda, Alice Chauchat
Co-producers: Ann Carolin Renninger
Executive producer: Dragana Jovović
Narration: Marta Popivoda
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B/W
Production Country: Serbia, France, Germany
Production Year: 2013
Duration: 62'
Contact: Marta Popivoda

Marta Popivoda

Marta Popivoda is a Berlin-based filmmaker, video artist, and researcher. She studied philosophy and film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, and has a postmaster degree in experimental film from the Universität der Künste Berlin. Popivoda’s first feature-length documentary, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, premiered at the 63rd Berlinale, and her work has also been screened at Tate Modern London, MoMA New York, M HKA Antwerp, Museum of Modern Art + MSUM Ljubljana, among others. Popivoda has received the prestigious Berlin Art Prize for the visual arts by Akademie der Künste Berlin, and the Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists. She also works as a curator of experimental film and video art.


2011 The Guard (short)
2017 Caressing Machine (short)
2013 Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body (doc)
2021 Landscapes of Resistance (doc)