Thomas Logoreci
Filmmaker, writer and sometime festival programmer living in Tirana, Albania.

Slovenian tall tale recalls a land that time forgot.

Houston, We Have A Problem!

Ziga Virc

Slovenia 2016, 1h 28min.

 Does anyone still remember Yugoslavia? It is a quarter of a century since its six Balkan republics splintered apart, setting off a bloody civil war that created the nations we now know more or less as Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and eventually Kosovo. It might take a fairly longer memory to recall Yugoslavia’s one-time leader, Josip Broz Tito. Tito was the Eastern European communist dictator who managed to stave off its centuries-old religious and ethnic divisions until his death.

Even now, many still revere Marshal Tito as a stern nationalist father figure.

In the former Yugoslavia, even now, many still revere Marshal Tito as a stern nationalist father figure; his words and deeds still endlessly argued and analysed in the media. In the West, Tito was acclaimed as a friendly proponent of neutral non-alignment, a Second World War guerilla hero who performed a delicate Cold War balancing act between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Hailed as practicing ‘socialism with a human face’, Tito enjoyed the economic goodwill of several US presidents from John F. Kennedy to Jimmy Carter; a beneficiary of billions in American aid that propped up his regime for decades. Though the arts in Yugoslavia benefited from a degree of liberalisation, most dissent was squelched by security forces or the threat of being sent off to the notorious Goli otok prison camp.

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