Past Event

Archives of Solidarity: Yugoslav Newsreels and the Non-Aligned World

November 22, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Please join the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at the East Central European Center for a lecture by the award-winning filmmaker and archival artist Mila Turajlić. Moderated by Aleksandar Bošković and Christopher Caes, co-directors of the East Central European Center.

A presentation of Mila Turajlić’s artistic research project Non-Aligned Newsreels, offering a deep-dive into the archival materials of non-aligned ciné-collaborations and the legacy of the Yugoslav cameramen who filmed them. Since 2015, Turajlić has been collaborating with Filmske novosti (Yugoslav Newsreels) and President Tito’s cameraman Stevan Labudović on digitizing and contextualizing films they shot for liberation movements and newly-independent countries in Africa. Starting from the 1950s, when Stevan Labudović was sent on a clandestine mission to film the Algerian Liberation Army, Yugoslavia provided technical aid in the form of cinema to many liberation movements (including Frelimo in Mozambique, and the PLO) and new governments (creating newsreels for Mali and Tanzania). An exploration of the archival holdings and circumstances of their creation reveals the ways in which the filmic image chronicled the birth of a political project, becoming at the same time the vehicle through which the non-aligned community was constituted and their vision narrated.