Goodbye, How Are You? (Dovidjenja, Kako Ste?)
Documentary / Serbian
Jokes as a weapon of resistance: how satire sustains a beleaguered culture.
Screening with zasto ne Govorim Srpski (na Srpskom)
Phil Collins | 2008 | 35 Min
This unique documentary draws on dark-humoured aphorisms from the last 40 years of Serbian history for its narrative voiceover: a nation’s new oral tradition of sardonic response to conflict and corruption. The beautifully selected and wittily juxtaposed images, meanwhile, form an insightful, compelling
portrait of daily existence in all its banalities, extremes and ironies. With shades of Patrick Keiller and Chris Marker, this collage of ideas is both thought-provoking and darkly comic.
zasto ne govorim srpski (na srpskom)
#1 / Thursday 25 June, 2009 / 16:04 GMTThis film is amazing. His separating it into 24 chapters, the use of aphorisms to explain more deeply his feelings: to both intellectualize and make prosaic the images which are absurd and sometimes awful, the use of whimsy in the music for at the end of the day what can we do in the face of such a war except shrug for our participation and laugh at it's ridiculousness. I appreciate very much how long it must have taken to collect all these hours of film, and to wonder if it would come to fruition in the end. This film is not just the exploration of one mans feelings about war and his country, it is the deep flowering of knowledge, that it seems as though a river of ignorance and absurdity surround us, and that the reaction, his reaction, is to find the human spirit is quite savage and funny in the same turn. Lovely, a vision, an essay on memories.
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