Monthly Archives: April 2014

CITSEE releases 8 documentaries about citizenship in South East Europe

Since 1 April 2009 CITSEE has been researching citizenship laws and policies in the new states of South East Europe. We have been putting the results of our research online on our website www.citsee.ed.ac.uk whilst also trying to present our research in accessible and attractive ways. At the centre of this is our innovative web magazine, “Citizenship in South East Europe” (www.citsee.eu) which has so far published more than 100 interviews, stories, studies, blogs, animations and videos, and become a vital source of information about the region.

In its last phase CITSEE embarked on an exciting project whose goal was to offer its researchers and collaborators new ways of disseminating their work through short documentary films. The result is a set of eight short documentary films, each focusing on a specific citizenship-related theme from South East Europe. The films can be viewed freely on our web magazine, vimeo and youtube, and were shown at CITSEE’s 5th birthday on 31st of March 2014.

All the films are directed and post-produced by Yorgos Karagiannakis (Pitch Dark productions) and produced by CITSEE.

Plurinational and Multinational Regionalism after Yugoslavia

What constitutes and defines membership in multiethnic regions in the post-Yugoslav space? By focusing on the regions of Istria in Croatia, and Vojvodina in Serbia, the film explores the differences between ‘plurinational’ and ‘multinational’ regionalism and tackles the question of sub-state citizenship.

Written and narrated by Dejan Stjepanovic

Feminist Activists in Yugoslavia and after

What does it mean to be an activist and a feminist in the state(s) where citizenship regimes changed at least three times in one-person lifetime? The film offers a historic overview of feminist activism in Yugoslavia and its successor states from the Second World War, via the disintegration of Yugoslavia until today.

Written and narrated by Adriana Zaharijevic

The strange case of country K.

This video presents the case of K*, a country that remains internally divided, contested and isolated even after 15 years after the end of the war, and 6 years after it declared independence.

Written and narrated by Gezim Krasniqi

Silenced Voices: Romani minorities in Yugoslavia and after

The position of Roma as citizens of socialist Yugoslavia and post-Yugoslav states is the focus of this film. It depicts how the situation of Romani minorities changed in the post-Yugoslav settings and how new citizenship regimes further marginalised this group, turning its members into true post-Yugoslav ‘subalterns’.

Written and narrated by Julija Sardelic

 The Last Yugoslav Generation

‘The Last Yugoslav Generation’ reflects on the generational critique of late Yugoslav socialism articulated by the youth cultural scene in the 1980s. Through interview excerpts it addresses their sense of ‘layered Yugoslavness’, as well as a sense of loss and betrayal after the end of socialism and Yugoslavia.

Written and narrated by Ljubica Spaskovska

Citizens in the Making: Post-Yugoslav Students and Teachers

This documentary explores how in post-Yugoslav states civic education has been overshadowed by the ethnocentric structures of the education systems, policies and curricula, paradoxically on the pretext of promoting multicultural education. These curricula are largely delivered by teachers who had been influenced by the past values of ‘brotherhood and unity’. The films shows how young citizens’ identities are partly shaped by the education structures, but also by the way teachers position themselves in relation to these structures – both as agents of change and of continuity.

Written and narrated by Natasa Pantic

Where have all the workers gone?

The film tells the tale of textile workers in post-Yugoslav states. The garment industry was very successful in socialist times, and employed thousands of workers, particularly women. After the Yugoslav break-up and post-socialist transition, however, the industry underwent a process of economic decline and deindustrialization. Textile workers in the former Yugoslavia faced factory closures, job losses and exploitative working conditions, thus losing the social security and social rights experienced during socialism.

Written and narrated by Chiara Bonfiglioli

Politics of Return: no country for an old home

After a conflict there is often disagreement about who ‘belongs’ to the people – who is still a citizen. This film explores the acute struggles that take place over the right of return of people displaced by conflict, and the way in which their inclusion or exclusion may be motivated by political considerations.

Written and narrated by Biljana Djordjevic

To find out more about the CITSEE project (The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia), see www.citsee.eu, www.citsee.ed.ac.uk and CITSEE TV.