Renata Poljak

Title: Staging Actors / Staging Beliefs
Directed and produced by Renata Poljak
Duration: 12:00
Format: digital video 4:3
Language: Croatian
Subtitles: English
Production date: 2011
Production country: Croatia

Film Title Staging Actors / Staging Beliefs

The video revolves around the persona of Ivan Kojundzic.

As a child, Ivan Kojundzic became a widely popular face of the big screen; he embodied the historic persona of Boshko Buha in a homonymous Yugoslav feature film. Made in 1979, the film elaborated life, combat actions, bravery and heroic death in an ambush of this youngest of Partisans, who was only fifteen when he joined the communist movement, and was posthumously awarded with the People’s Hero of Yugoslavia title. Through the film’s continuous screenings both in theaters and on the national television, the communist ideology and belief in Yugoslav socialist system were extensively spread.

Only 10 years after playing the main role in the film Ivan Kojundzic got actively involved in the Serbo – Croatian War which marked the end of Yugoslav Federation and its political agenda—the very ones Boshko Buha was fighting for.

Ivan Kujundzic today is 48 years old.

One interview, two realities …

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