In 1990, ten years after the passing of Josip Broz Tito, Serbia had its first multi-party election. At the time, US Intelligence had already estimated that Yugoslavia would break up within a year and a half. Slobodan Milošević and his party won the election by a landslide. During the campaign, different spokespersons on TV made him appear as the only reasonable candidate. Over thirty years after the events, five former presidential candidates step in front of the camera to remember the fateful period.
The range of parties who participated in the election was wide, including players from environmental activists to anarchistic comedy groups and extreme nationalists. Directors Luka Papić and Srđa Vučohave have compared the archive material that they used to Robocop and John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. But unlike in the fantasy films, here we see authentic material of historical moments.
The insanity culminates in a montage featuring music from the band Divlje jagode. The dynamically edited documentary takes the audience to the nineties and considers alternate trajectories.
Omar Fasolah (translated by Inari Ylinen)
Content warning: references to substance abuse