PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Srđan Keča, director of the documentary Museum of the Revolution.
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A conversation with Srđan Keča, director of Museum of the Revolution, a new documentary presented at IDFA 2021. The film observes the life of marginalized people living on the old ruins of a ambitious title building, which was never completed. In this interview, Keča discusses the intersection of history and contemporary times, the dangers of gentrification and how he was able to establish a relationship with both the location and the protagonists of his documentary.
Museum of the Revolution : “The wind got up in the night and took our plans away,” reads the proverb in the opening titles of Museum of the Revolution. The words are a reference to the 1961 plan to build a grand museum in Belgrade as a tribute to Socialist Yugoslavia. It was supposed to “safeguard the truth” about the Yugoslav people. But the plan never got beyond the construction of the basement. The derelict building now tells a very different story from the one envisioned by the initiators 60 years ago. In the damp, pitch-dark building live the outcasts of a society reshaped by capitalism. The film focuses on a girl who earns a little cash on the street by cleaning car windows with her mother. The girl has a close friendship with an old woman who also lives in the basement. Against the background of a transforming city, the three women find refuge in each other.