The Other Side of Socialism: History and Cinematic Memory of Socialism

The aim of this paper is to explore the cinematic history and memory of socialism and broadly of Yugoslavia throughout XXth century as narrativised and represented in the films of Mila Turajlić Cinema Komunisto (2010) and The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega, 2017). Accordingly the cinematic texts are understood as: 1) the texts of cultural memory that construct the remembrance of the past and history of Yugoslavia; 2) as cinematic lieux de memoire or field of tensions of memory and history, textual and metatextual layers, fiction and faction; 3) as texts that brilliantly perform the turn from “film about history” to being a “memory-making film” while keeping the two facets. The two case studies are contextualized within the previous tradition of Yugoslav cinema as well as within the larger group of archive films made in 2010s.

Nevena Daković

Nevena Daković

Nevena Daković, PhD is professor of Film Theory/Film Studies at the Dept. of Theory and History at the University of Arts/Belgrade and Chair of Interdisciplinary PhD Art and Media Studies (UoA). She is the author (Film Studies: Essays in Film Texts of Memory, 2014; Balkan kao filmski žanr: slika, tekst, nacija, 2008) and editor of many books (Media Archaeology, 2016; Representation of the Holocaust in the Balkans in Arts and Media, 2015) etc. Nevena Daković publishes widely in the national and international framework (UK, Turkey, Slovakia, Italy, Austria, France, USA), participates at the conferences and is committee member of international project groups (COST and TEMPUS projects). She is member of Academia Europaea Main research themes: nation, representation, the Balkans, Shoah, cultural memory.

1. What are the arguments for the privileged place of the visual (Film, photography, video...) as the memory makers and memory markers?
2. Nostalgia and trauma in history and memory of the socialism?
3. The (archive) documentary as the testimony and witnessing.
4. Genre hybridisation in cinema- from reconstructive fiction to faction.


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