Partisan Songspiel. Belgrade Story from chto delat on Vimeo.


A video film by Chto Delat ? (2009)

Music: Mikhail Krutik

Director: Olga Egorova (Tsaplya)

Assistant directors: Vladan Jeremić, Rena Raedle, Dmitry Vilensky

Scriptwriters and stage designers are: Vladan Jeremić, Olga Egorova Tsaplya, Rena Raedle, Dmitry Vilensky

Costume design: Natalya Pershina (Gluklya)

Choreography : Nina Gasteva and Tsaplya

Editing and post-production: Olga Egorova Tsaplya and Dmitry Vilensky

Production was done in Belgrade by Biro Beograd – Biro for Culture and Communication Belgrade in July 2009


The film presents an analysis of a concrete situation: Partisan Songspiel begins with a representation of the political oppression (forced evictions) the government of the city of Belgrade visited on the Roma people inhabiting the settlement of Belleville, on the occasion of the summer Universiade Belgrade 2009. It also addresses a more universal political message about the existence of the oppressors and the oppressed: in this case, the city government, war profiteers and business tycoons versus groups of disadvantaged people − factory workers, NGO/minoritarian activists, disabled war veterans, and ethnic minorities. At the same time the film establishes something that we can call the “horizon of historical consciousness,” which is represented through the choir of “dead partisans” who comment on the political dialogue between the oppressors and the oppressed.


Publication on the History of Partisan Films

Partisan Revisiting of Yugoslav Past.pdf