Who was Josip Broz Tito, and why? - Rezarta Seferi09-22-2011
This video investigates the various ways in which Josip Broz Tito (the president of the former Yugoslavia) and his 'self-governing' socialist ideology have been presented historically. I attempt to re-construct Tito's legacy by manipulating footage of his interviews (I mis-translate his words as a practice in political dissent and true 'self-government'), thus presenting my own voice and image as an equal agent of truth-making alongside Tito's. By putting different understandings of Tito's socialism in dialogue with one another, I call into question the systems of power within Yugoslav socialist society that dictated the boundaries of freedom and dissent. This video is I, as a self-identified Yugoslav, practicing the "self-government" that millions of Yugoslavs were never truly able to benefit from.