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Marta Popivoda

Yugoslavia, how ideology moved our collective body


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.
The film premiered at 63rd Berlinale, and got the Special Jury Mention at the 19th Sarajevo Film Festival.

→ 62 min, Serbe, 2013

Selections & Awards

Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil  – Compétition documentaire
63rd International Film Festival – Forum Expanded – Berlin
98weeks research/project — Beyrouth, Liban


Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien – Graz, Austria
Special Jury Mention of Documentary Competition – Sarajevo Film Festival
Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. – Berlin



Technical details

Title Yougoslavia, how ideology moved our collective body
Directed by Marta Popivoda
Year 2013

Production TkH [Walking Theory], Belgrade
Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris
Universität der Künste, Berlin
joon film, Berlin
Running time  62min
Country Serbia / Germany / French
Original language Serbian
Subtitles  French
Color  Color and N&B

Distribution VOSTFR Phantom
Screening format  Bluray




Marta Popivoda

Born in Belgrade (Yougoslavie) in 1982

.Live and work in Berlin and Belgrade

Marta Popivoda is a filmmaker, video artist and a cultural worker from Belgrade, currently based in Berlin. She graduated film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, as well as postgraduate program in experimental film at the Berlin University of the Arts. For her studies in Germany, she received a DAAD scholarship. Her artistic and cultural work explore concerns with the discursive power structure of the contemporary art world as well as with the Yugoslav cultural and political sphere. She connects these concerns by reference to the idea of artist as social engineer, intervening in social reality from a position of art and culture. Popivoda is a member of the editorial collective TkH (Walking Theory), a theoretical-artistic platform from Belgrade within which she initiated and participated in many local and international artistic and cultural projects, such as her project illegal_cinema (2007–), which has been presented and developed across Europe. Her artistic work has been presented internationally at film festivals and exhibitions, and her latest film Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body premiered at 63rd Berlinale.