Date & Time
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Franke Institute for the Humanities
Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES)
Independent researcher and curator Greg de Cuir Jr. (DPhil, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade) focuses on the history of kino clubs in the former Yugoslavia. These institutional spaces were where nonprofessionals could gather and exercise a common ‘kino-enthusiasm’ for film viewing and production. Kino clubs were state-funded by Socialist Yugoslavia, part of a larger initiative to spread technological cultures throughout the populace, and birthed a new wave of filmmakers who transformed Yugoslav as well as European and international film culture. The clubs’ ideological heritage and the emancipatory potential of amateurism will be explored.