Bastards of Utopia  (Hr/Zda) / 55 min /  2010, Maple Razsa, Pacho Velez



Dokumentarni film Bastards of Utopia je nastajal 18 mesecev in je osredotočen na tri vodilne aktiviste, ki organizirajo politične proteste proti kapitalizmu in nacionalizmu na širšem področju bivše Jugoslavije. Protagonisti pripadajo Črnemu bloku, frakciji anarhistične skupine, ki je odgovorna za najbolj agresivne primere antiglobalizacijskih protestov. Skozi film odkrijemo, da vsem trem aktivistom sodelovanje v radikalnih protestih predstavlja kontinuiteto političnega delovanja,ki ga izkazujejo v vsakodnevnem življenju: neprofitna produkcija kulture, mediji ‘naredi sam”’ in postkonzumeristični način življenja. 

AVTORJA


Maple Razsa je antropolog in režiser dokumentarnih filmov. Dela na Colby Collegeu in predava o človeških pravicah, družbenim gibanjem, političnem dokumentarnem filmu in postsocializmu. Snemal in režiral je filme v Sloveniji, na Hrvaškem, v Mozambiku in v ZDA.

KOLOFON


REŽIJA: Maple Razsa, Pacho Velez, SCENARIJ: Maple Razsa, KAMERA: Maple Razsa, Pacho Velez, MONTAŽA: Maple Razsa, Pacho Velez, GLASBA: Azra, PRODUCENT: Maple Razsa, PRODUKCIJA: EnMasseFilms, Film Study Center, Harvard University

SYNOPSIS

Three Croatian activists fight to change the world. As children, they lived through the collapse of Yugoslavia. But now, amid the aftershocks of socialism’s failure, they fight in their own way for a new leftism. Whether clashing with police or squatting in an old factory, these activists risk everything to live their politics. In the middle of it all a skeptical American is won over by their cause and even goes to jail with them. But as the setbacks mount, will they all give up the fight? The film, shot during years of fieldwork with a Croatian anarchist collective, applies EnMasseFilm’s unique blend of observation, direct participation and critical reflection to this misunderstood political movement. Its portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching-an engaged, elegant meditation on the struggle to re-imagine leftist politics and the power of a country’s youth.