Landscapes of resistance
Sonja was one of the first female partisan in Serbia and helped lead the resistance in Auschwitz. When we initially encounter her in Landscapes of Resistance, she is a friendly elderly lady with a playful cat on her lap. This is the start of an exceptional journey through her memories of revolutionary books from her student days, her wedding to a communist, the resistance against the German occupiers and her torture after capture as a communist and anti-fascist fighter, right the way through to her escape from the concentration camp.
Title: Landscapes of resistance
Length: 90 min
Country of Origin: Serbia, Germany, France
Completion Date: 2021
Director: Marta Popivoda
Photo credit: Maja Medić
About the Director, Marta Popivoda
Marta Popivoda is a filmmaker, video-artist and researcher. Her work explores tensions between memory and history, collective and individual bodies, as well as ideology and everyday life, with a focus on antifascist and feminist potentialities of the Yugoslav socialist project. She cherishes collective practice in art-making and research, and for several years has been part of the TkH (Walking Theory) collective. Popivoda’s first feature documentary, YUGOSLAVIA: HOW IDEOLOGY MOVED OUR COLLECTIVE BODY (2013) premiered at Berlinale. The film is part of the permanent collection of MoMA New York, and it’s featured in What Is Contemporary Art? MoMA’s online course about contemporary art from 1980 to the present. Her work has also featured in major art galleries, such as Tate Modern London, MoMA New York, and more. Popivoda received the prestigious Berlin Art Prize for the visual arts by Akademie der Künste Berlin and Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artist. Her new feature documentary LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE (2021) premiered in the Tiger Competition of IFFR.