Ljubljana II -> Zagreb

July 21, 2009

Yesterday was a long day: In the morning we’ve met our dear Irfan, who belongs to the so-called “Erased”. Shortly after we had an interview with Lana and Jasna at Metelkova. Both are working at the Peace institute and Club Gromka in Ljubljana and gave us deep insights in their personal relationship to YU-nostalgia.

In the afternoon we took a break (with food at Harambasa) and we’ve been nostalgic ourselves for our time studying here in Ljubljana in 2006/2007.

Later and in the evening we took some short takes at the city to reflect the atmosphere at Ljubljana: the market, Presernov trg, Trg republike, some statues and a great view from the castle.  And of course: organizing, organizing! After a long and sunny day we fell to bed early. Today we were heading to Zagreb, our next station! [We just arrived. It’s hot – but lovely :-)]

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Filming in Ljubljana

July 19, 2009

P7190259We had a relaxing and wonderful weekend at Georgs and Kerstin’s place in Klagenfurt/Celovec (with a really beautiful garden!) that we used mostly for relaxation and preparations for our shooting trip. It was so great at your place, thanks for your warm hospitality! Hvala lepa! On the left you can see Georg, our dear Lexo, Sanna and Josefin.

This afternoon we arrived in Ljubljana. Again, we are accomodated at FajtFlet (thanks to Elena and Mitja!).

P7190265In the beautiful evening light we shot some city images and had exciting interviews with more or less nostalgic people on the streets of Ljubljana (by the way: the woman on the left is Nada giving us an interview :-))

Later we were at Metelkova, a squatted former barrack that is today an artist/alternative place for young people. There, in a bar called Jalla Jalla (thanks to Wasim!) we filmed some YU-nostalgic pictures and had more interviews and interesting philosophical chats on the topic and from themes like communism, Rosa Luxemburg and the European social history.  After such an inspiring day we want to thank Nada, Barbara, Sasa and Petra, Nejc and Ales!P7190274

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Tracing Jugonostalgija

July 15, 2009

First of all: Good news before we’re departing for the trip! We got the positive news that our film will be screened at a academic conference at the university of Graz in June 2010!

But back to present times: From 16th July to 11th August 2009 the film collective is tracing the phenomenon of Jugonostalgija in the region! Sanna, Josefin and I will meet in Klagenfurt to prepare our white bully, from there we’ll go to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Besenovo (a small village close to Novi Sad) and then back to Ljubljana and Klagenfurt. On our journey through the former Yugoslavia, we’ll meet inspiring people for interviews, visit the most nostalgic places and ask anti-nostalgics as well as nostalgics for their attitudes, memories and opinions. In advance: Thanks so much to all the wonderful people who give us their support or a “short-time home” during the shooting period. Without people like you the project wouldn’t be possible!

We’re getting started: Three girls, a bit more then three weeks, one bully, one camera!

More about our adventures on the traces of Jugonostalgia… coming soon…

Shooting trip in May

June 6, 2009

The SEE.ID film collective met to proceed with our documentary on YU-Nostalgia! From 20th to 26th May we’ve been together in Klagenfurt, Ljubljana, Izola, Kumrovec and Maribor to shoot some interviews and impressions around the topic.

In Ljubljana, we’ve met inspiring people like the artist Marko Kovačič or Irfan Beširević, a political activist of the so called “erased”,  in Ljubljana. We had a great time with our cooperation partners Ksenjia and Zvonka from Zavod CCC, who gave us statements on nostalgia from their feminist point of view and who gave us the opportunity to listen to the wonderful revolutionary women’s choir “Grupa Kombinat”.  In Kumrovec, we were tracing the culture of memory that developed here around the birthplace of Tito, that became something like a place of pilgrimage for nostalgics.  There we found some pilgrims who told us about their special relationship to Tito and to this place,  a souvenir seller explained us that there is a new trend and that nostalgia seems to be changing: More and more young people are pilgriming to Kumrovec.  – Interesting!

We used the time between shooting for planning the shooting period in July/August, to develop new ideas for cooperations and pushing the project forward. And we took an afternoon to relax and went to the coastside.

Thanks so much to Elena Fajt, Mitja Velikonja and our other friends in Ljubljana for their support, thanks to Lexo for pampering us and to Sanna and her mother for hosting us in Klagenfurt!

SEE.ID’s current project is a documentary film on YU-Nostalgia: “Hej Sloveni! YU-Nostalgia as a phenomenon of everyday life” (working title).

YU-Nostalgia: relics and souvenirs at Kalemegdan, Belgrade. By Josefina Bajer.Logline: An inspiring young woman with Yugoslavian background leads on a journey from her home, the diaspora in Berlin, to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo and Belgrade. The people, places and answers she finds draw a colourful picture of the phenomenon YU-nostalgia. It is most of all a wish to form a peaceful society that is more than capitalism and ethnic defined societies.

The documentary will be shot in summer 2009.

[Picture by Josefina Bajer.]

Here you can find the current version of the concept forthe YU-Nostalgia documentary project, it’s like always: work in progress! -> SEE.ID_nostalgia-concept-english

SEE.ID – hello world!

March 14, 2009

Who we are

The non-profit association based in the Alpe-Adria region in Klagenfurt / Celovec (Austria) initiates an intercultural dialogue between Western and South-Eastern Europe. Cultural and political projects include the production of documentary films, lectures, seminars, workshops, internet platforms (like the encyclopaedia on http://www.nosztalgia.net) and networks. The association wants to be an interface between academia, culture and society. Its focus is on socio-political and transformation processes, civil initiatives and on coming to terms with the past. SEE.ID is grounded on international, multicultural, feminist and critical principles.