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Montenegro and the World's Youngest Jewish Community

ned 31. mart 2013.

This article was published in "Israel Hayom" newspaper. It has been translated from Hebrew to English by the author, Ronen Dorfan.

Shabatai Nevi Room

The room is very simple. At the head of the tower at the top of the cliff, not far from the Montenegrin-Albanian border. It is nicely maintained, with whitewashed walls, a small holy arc on the east and a small alcove for the scholar's holy books on the west.

Here on Yom Kippur 1676, the 5437th Jewish year, ended one of the most unfortunate chapters in Jewish history - with the death of Aziz Muhammed, the false Messiah Shabbatai Zevi, in the pirate settlement of Ulcinj. Where he was exiled to by the Sultan's orders after converting to Islam.

Modern Ulcinj is an Albanian-Muslim town in the Montenegrin periphery. Its inhabitants livelihood being regional tourism. My guide, Ilir, believes that maybe Shabbatai Zevi's final address may lure Israeli tourism to the town “as he was an important person to you.”

He tells me that with Shabbatai Zevi arrived 29 families of his most fervent followers. Like him, new converts to Islam. “Up to a generation ago you could find a Stars of David in local homes”, he says. These symbols disappeared in the many years of an anti-religious communist regime. “But many families have Jewish blood in them”, he explains.

Alfandari Family

Half an hour north up the coast Jaša Alfandari comes across Jewish blood all the time. Alfandari resides in a Muslim area of Bar which is rather ironic. In ex-Yugoslavia, bleeding ethnic hate for the last quarter-century, Jewish-Muslim relations have been usually idilic. Alfandari has been serving as president of the Jewish community of Montenegro in the past two years. It's the world's youngest Jewish community.

He says Jews are discovered here almost randomly.“Some connection tells me that there is a Jewish- woman living with her two sons only 200 meters from me. They fled Macedonia during the war. I go to speak to her but she won't join. She's apprehensive of such a connection”, he says.

They are different stories too. Five or six families recently joined by their own initiative.

One man in his seventies, who was adopted as a child by a Jewish doctor who married his mother, knew nothing of Judaism. But at the age of 18 approached his adopting father and asked to be circumcised. Now he has joined the community too.

The community is currently 107 members strong. Alfandari estimates that they are about 300 Jews living in Montenegro. Every few weeks the members convene for a Shabbat or holiday dinner. Their proud moment was when the government approved Judaism as the country's fourth official religion – along with Catholic and Orthodox Christianity and Islam. The authorities donated some prime real estate in the center of the capital Podgorica, for the building of a synagogue and cultural center.

Alfandari accepts members usually by the Halachic standards – people who can prove a Jewish mother. “But often I mix Halacha with the Law of Return” he says -  and settles for a Jewish father when he feels a strong Jewish identity. “If they were Jewish enough for my friend Adolf (Hitler, in irony RD) – they are good enough for me”, he adds.

Especially when by contrast he hears of biological Jews, descendants of girls smuggled to Montenegro during the 2nd World War, who want no association with Judaism.

*

A vigorously assertive individual, Alfandari is an expert historian. He often enrages members of his small community. “Judaism is not a democracy”', he insists. “5000 years and it never was a democracy. People know nothing. I even have to tell them that they are beans in the Cholent.”

In one respect he is right. His members are learning their faith and tradition almost from scratch.

He was born in Subotica, by the Yugoslav-Hungarian border, while the embers of the WWII still glowed. His father, Nisim Alfandari, was the playboy son of a rich Jewish-Sephardi Belgrade family and not a great believer in hard work. But in war time he joined the Partizans. His mother, Gisella, was from a Vizhnitz Hassidic family that opposed to her marriage to a “Frank”.

“But father went to my grandmother and told her the marriage will happen. Either according to social norm or by him kidnapping his love”, Jaša explains.

They were separated by war. When Nisim Alfandari returned to Belgrade he found no living relatives. Belgrade, that today prides itself on some anti-Nazi legacy, was actually the first to report to Hitler's Berlin that it was “Judenfrei” – free of Jews.

Mother survived too. Lost a kidney and most of her eyesight in a beating by a German soldier. But despite doctors advice, that pregnancy will take a toll on her body and lead to blindness, she accepted her husband's plea for a child. A single successor to the Alfandari annihilated ancestral line.

So Jaša was born.

*

Only 10 days old, he was taken by his grandmother to Szeged, on the other side of the border. She heard of a “Schochet” who had returned from the camps who could circumcise her grandchild. Upon her return father cried in despair “why have you marked him a Jew?”

He wanted to escape his Jewishness?

“No. He was always a proud Jew who never hid his association. But times were different. He was afraid of a day when people will be asked to drop their pants again.”

In the early post war years the Alfandari family enjoyed a full Jewish life. Grandmother taught Jaša the reading of the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah, and they were Jewish holiday celebrations and a working Synagogue.

This was Tito's relative paradise longed by many of the region's elderly these days. But at the of 22, disillusioned from the dictatorship, Jaša cut his university studies short and emigrated to Israel.

*

“Fast forward, please”, he says about the next quarter-century he spent in Israel. A mixture of secrecy and work for Israeli security, broken marriages and failed businesses. So when the walls of communism collapsed he moved on to Budapest. Like most of Subotica's Jews, Hungarian was his mother tongue.

Are you angry at Israel?

“At a certain age you realize that you have only screwed yourself.”

*

The economic sanctions on Yugoslavia during the Balkan War presented some opportunities. “At one stage I had about 50 straw companies registered in Hungary and helping the Serbs to avoid the embargo”, he reveals. Convinced himself that the Serbs were the forces of light and the Croats of darkness.

“Today I know that no one was good. But strangely they all wanted to side with the Jews. Believing the old stereotypes of the Jews controllingthe world”, he explains.

One day his connections in Hungarian corridors of power informed him it was time to leave. He holds no grudges: “they had every reason to arrest me”. So he returned to Subotica.

A few years later he would move on to Montenegro, that was conspiring independence. Helping the future republic build it's independent police force.

People around him will testify: Jaša can fix anything in the Balkan with a couple of phone calls.

*

I am visiting Montenegro in an uneasy time. The Jews of Montenegro don't posses great riches and the community is short on resources. Ties with Israel are loose and for the upcoming Passover Alfandari needs government support, that has yet to arrive.

Why does one actually need a Jewish community here?

He replies with a saucy metaphor: “Sometimes you are at a party. Everyone is screwing everyone. Then a few months later a lady tells you she is pregnant. You can't really remember. It was dark. The child looks somewhat like you. What can you do? You have to provide him a decent upbringing.”

Be more specific please!

“They were some Jewish dinners. Some of them I attended, some not. Next thing I know we have an NGO and I am the president. Everyone enjoyed these events, but no one realized that a community is a serious project.

“I call the Conservative Jews. You know why Conservative? Because at the time of Yugoslavia no one knew he was Jewish. Then came the war and suddenly the Joint was distributing Conserves (tinned food) to Jews. Suddenly everyone remembered his roots.”

But beyond tales and anecdotes, Alfandari has a clear vision and plan. He has just had an uneasy phone call with a Chabad Rabbi who inquired why the Lubavichers were not invited to take care of the Passover this year.

He has chosen a different Rabbi for the community. Rabbi Luciano Moses Prelavic from Croatia  – whose uncle once served as the Chief Rabbi of Split, and his father was ethnic Montenegrin. He belongs to the predominantly Jewish-Hungarian Neolog movement, in which most of his community have roots.

So why doesn't he invite Chabad and ease his financial constraints? “Because I am building a Montenegrin Jewish community for the ages. For real Montenegrins. My people are still babies. They cannot handle Chabad. The Lubavichers will come, start telling women to wear long sleeves. Say men should sit here and women over there. And next thing I won't have a community. People won't want this. In 50 years, only then, it may be possible. First learn your history. Understand your roots. Then the Lubavichers may come with their product – and people can decide if it suits them or not.”

And this future generation indeed is his motivation: “We have wonderful youngsters. They take interest. They get involved. Not the old people that come to our events hoping to find some business”.

*

Alfandari has little contact with his children in Israel. “They think I'm the lousiest dad in the world”, he admits in sadness.

But he has been afforded a late life miracle. His youngest offspring Hana, exceptionally beautiful,  seems to have naturally absorbed all the wisdom he had to gather by tribulations.

She speaks three languages fluently, and knows six. Knowledgeable in world affairs, despite never traveling beyond Serbia or Montenegro.

She is slightly concerned about the upcoming year, when she is intended to start her university studies in Rome.

Proud of her cultural heritage, she does not compromise her Judaism. Her friends know she will not eat pork in their homes. “Kidush Hashem”, says her father with pride. Over the years she heard some degrading remarks about her people - but she dismisses them firmly as belonging to the “uneducated”.

Quietly opinionated she explains “finally belong to somethings. In Montenegro people don't like it if you don't belong.”

What makes you proud of being Jewish?

“The many Jews that have contributed to humanity.”

What is Judaism?

“I believe thatpredominantly it's a way of thinking. Jews are practical people. They are also ironic – look at my father, he is so ironic.”

Jasa shows a photo of his parents wedding in the great Subotica synagogue. “It's like they have taken photoshop and eliminated the people”, he slightly raises his voice.

I ask Hana if she has interest in visiting Auschwitz.

“I think yes. It's important”.

Do you know how many Jewish died in the Holocaust?

“Six million”, she says. Accurate information that is not trivial to people in Montenegro - even members of the  the community.

Is the Holocaust a reason for being Jewish?

“I don't think so. Father takes it in a more emotional way. He fears people will forget. But we need to be positive. I really dream of a thriving community here. But we can't build it on sorrow and tragedy. People won't come. We need to emphasize our uniquenessand capacity to contribute to our surroundings.”

Do you know the name of the Israeli Prime Minister?

“No.”

*

One of his problems, Alfandari is being ironic again, is that Montenegro lacks serious anti-semitism. In times of war some people betrayed their Jewish neighbors“ but no village or town has needs for a plaque commemorating a transportation to death camps”, he proclaims.

A few years ago he achieved a “Righteous among the Nations” status for a local man named Peter Žanković.  “But in general, these stories remain anonymous. Montenegrins believe that real help is discrete”.

But some Montenegrin Jews lived through anti-semitism.

Maria Pochek resides in Cetinje. The old royal capital of Montenegro, seat of it's only king – Nicholas. Her non-Jewish father, was the king's Minister for Postal service and ambassador to Rome.

When he wed Konstantina Goldberger, daughter to a prominent Jewish family, with family ties to the famous Captain Alfred Dreyfus, it caused somewhat of a sensation. People were amazed by her beauty and education and many of them envied her.

Konstantina herself preferred seclusion. She tried to limit interaction between her son and daughter and non-Jewish children. During the 1914-1918 war she came under threat, as she resided in a home belonging to Jovanović – one of the key conspirers involved in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, that ignited the war.

She spent most of her days corresponding with relatives in Vienna and Paris. Or reading her books, some of which were in hebrew - when WWII began her father buried the Jewish books in a hiding place. And at home they avoided mixing dairy products with meat.

But they were some moments to savor. Like dinners for the country's elite, when mother enjoyed intellectual conversation.

Maria remembers such an evening. The head master of the gymnasium was among the guests and mother played the beautiful citara she had brought from Vienna, which Maria still keeps. The next morning the head master went to the Nazis and informed them that Marinović's wife is a Jew.

The soldiers arrested mother, Maria and her brother and they were locked in the fortress. Father utilized his connection with a Orthodox priest, who convinced the Nazis the children were Christian and they were released. Mother remained imprisoned for another two months, but eventually set free under restrictive conditions. Father devoted himself during the war to the rescuing of Jewish women and providing shelter to Partizans.

In post war Yugoslavia matters were good. The communists even executed the treacherous gymnasium director. But Jewish life sadly declined.

Maria has married twice, but both affairs were short-lived. Unlike her mother she never gained a meaningful Jewish education. Her heritage was in fading photos and her parents marriage certificate.

In 2005 something drove her to write to the Jewish community in Belgrade, when Serbia-Montenegro was still a single entity. She admits she needed some money after breaking her hand and thought they may be able to help her.

Edit Klein and Ivana Mitrović

But what is the relevance of Jewish identity to Montenegrin youngsters who never experienced holocaust or discrimination or even the Balkan War. Most of them from mixed families with very little Jewish tradition.

For Ivana Mitrović it's family pride. Her great uncle, Danilo Kiš, was a legendary Yugoslav author. Kiš had a complex affair with his Jewish identity, wrote volumes about it, but ultimately was buried as an Orthodox Serb.

He died in 1989, aged 54, about a month after Ivana was born. But he remained his sister's great idol. Ivana's grandmother always considered the family Jewish.

Ivana explains her great uncle's decision to be buried as a Serb: “He felt in debt to the Serbs for saving him and his mother and sister during the war. He felt he needed to repay them.”

His writing is complex and difficult, but very beautiful too. Ivana loves a scene from an autobiographical book, where a love-stricken adolescentis serenading for her grandmother under her balcony. “People say I'm as beautiful as she was”, she adds with a mischievous smile. 

So what was Jewish in Danilo Kiš?

“He had a great mind and it is no secret this is a Jewish characteristic.”  To another question she responds that Albert Einstein was the greatest Jew.

Ivana grew up in the touristic town of Herceg Novi. Always took interest in the outside world and in her Jewish identity. She enjoys meeting people through the community and sometimes assists it in hosting foreign guests.

Maybe it's “cool” to be part of a small community. But how would you feel to live among millions of Jews in Israel or America?

“Good question. When I visited Israel through the Taglit project, I remember celebrating Shabbat near the Sea of Galilee. A group of people that I met for the first time, but already I felt like I know them. But ultimately I guess it  feels “cooler” to be part of a small community”

She enjoyed her Israel visit and made many friends. Though the goals of the project were somewhat transparent to her  – like when they were taken to see young soldiers graves.

There is no lack of young soldiers graves in the ex-Yugoslavia.

Medigović Family

It may be the ultimate stereotype, but there is a pretty simple way to find a Jew in Montenegro. In one town in the south I am told that when the Nazis arrived they arrested the doctor and pharmacist, who had no Jewish heritage, just by assumption.

This strong connection – between the Jew and the medical profession – is very evident in the cheerful Medigović family in Budva. Ivo Medigović maintains volumes of albums of family photos, containing the images of some of the greatest Yugoslav doctors. As well as Sophia Loren and Princess Margaret, who visited this beautiful resort town during his father's tenure as Mayor.

“Mom had more brains in her pinky than I have in my head”, he announces and his Montenegrin wife and two daughters consent in glee.

“From Kibbutz Petrovac”' he laughs, as he offers delicious figs from his orchid. Then, on a more serious note, he explains that he encourages his daughters, Katina and Lubica, to attend Jewish events because they are “like university”. Full of interesting people. Budva will host a “Limud-Keshet” seminar of Jewish studies in November. With visitors from throughout the Balkan.

*

The two daughters hope the community will create ties with Israel so they can be afforded a free visit through “Taglit”. Lubica adds she is interested in visiting Auschwitz “because many of the people in the photos died there.”

And what about the future?

“This is a different generation. Doctors have it difficult here. They should both study business”, Dr. Medigović says before enquiring about the opportunities for young doctors in Israel.

Still I ask the girls what are their own future aspirations.

“To be a doctor”, says Katina.

“To be a doctor”, says Lubica.

I ask their father who were the greatest Jews and replies with Einstein and Freud and Mahler. He knows little of the Jewish religion or the state of Israel.

So what makes you want to be part of a Jewish community?

“Jewish blood is not water”, he says. Still browsing his albums.

*

Kotor is picturesque town, on the shore of a beautiful fjord, fast establishing itself as a destination for cruise ships and luxurious yachts. On it's outskirts is tiny Jewish cemetery besides the town's Catholic graveyard. The community here were connected to the Jewish community of Dubrovnik– descendants of the Spanish exiles. The graves are predominantlyfrom the 19th century and Austro-Hungarian rule. Some neighboring towns, like Budva and Herceg Novi, had Jewish cemeteries too.

I ask Edit Klein why all the effort? Klein is Alfandari's right hand woman. Her knowledge of Judaism is minimal and even a organizing the Passover is not a trivial task to her.

She had visited Israel in the mid-nineties, but her everyday interest in the Jewish state is small. She has hardly experienced anti-semitism. “I know where not to look. Not to see the dark side of the moon”, She says. And admits she would not like to visit a concentration camp.

Klein is a prominent woman in Montenegrin life. A successful business woman and even a mentor for women's businesses on behalf of the European Union.

She was born in 1954 in Vararždin – now in Croatia. Her father, Šandor Klein, hardly spoke about his Jewishness. Her knowledge about her father's personal history comes from her half-brother, born to her father's first wife.

Šandor Klein survived the Holocaust probably because the Nazis failed to realizehe was a Jew. He was sent to a POW camp as a Croatian soldier. His mother was murdered for ridiculing the Ustaše – the Croatian Nazis – and her entire family perished in Auschwitz and Jasenovac – a death camp in Yugoslavia.

As a child she knew little about being Jewish. Her father once took her to the Zagreb Jewish community, probably to enroll her. On Passover he would bring Matzo and teach her Catholic mother to make Kneidlach.

But one thing available during the Tito regime were Jewish youth summer camps. In these camps she began to feel some Jewish belongingness. They were serious discussions and quizzes and intellectual stimulation – though very little religion.

Soon after her father's death she visited the Jewish Cemetery in Vararždin – and to her horror she saw that many graves had been looted. By people probably searching for gold teeth.

Klein's first husband brought her to Montenegro. But it was really her second husband Đorđe, a Serb, who rekindled her interest in Jewish life.

Đorđe is from Zlatibor – where many Russian-Jewish had settled after fleeing the Russian Bolshevik Revolution. They lived in an area of town known as “Jewish Mountain” and were hated by many locals. But he always felt affection to them and even named his daughter, of pervious marriage, Leah.

So Edit never got to speak to her father about Judaism and nobody has ever taught her about it.

But at some point she realized that it was her gift. Her cosmopolitan outlook and love for business were something neither Croatian or Montenegrin but Jewish.

And that she had an obligation to be Jewish for the Montenegrin society. To direct people in business and show them the way. “They call me here Nokia – connecting people”, she smiles and says “This is why Montenegro needs a Jewish community”. It's an interesting outlook - not a need for the Jews but for the young nation they live in. It is her Montenegrin calling – to be a Jew for them.

But why are Jews like this? Because they are dispersed? Less obsessed by patriotism?

“I think Jews see things a bit clearer. They always have to think of the next problem.”

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Tradicionalno prijateljstvo ili ‘bratstvo’ između Srba i Rusa u koje duboko veruje prosečan Srbin, notorna je besmislica. Ne samo zato što politički kolektiviteti poput ‘naroda’ ne mogu voleti ili mrzeti niti mogu imati braću ili druge rodbinske odnose već zato što takozvana ‘tradicija', koja je tako duboko usađena u ideološku matricu patrijarhalnog ustrojstva, nije ništa drugo nego iluzija; ona je, kako je to odavno primetio Eric Hobsbawm, izmišljena. Tradici

Brendiranje Đilasa

Dimitrije Vojnov čet 21. mart 2013.
U izvanrednom tekstu posvećenom izložbi Polet na kojoj će biti prikazani oglasi iz časopisa Ekonomska politika koji su izlazili tokom šezdesetih i sedamdesetih, naslovljenom Nije mi toliko do bruke koliko do tržišta! Branislav Dimitrijević definisao je osnovne kontradikcije koje su krasile ekonomsku propagandu u socijalističkoj Jugoslaviji. Problem konkurencije u socijalističkoj ekonomiji koji je karakterisao period privredne reforme iz 1965. godine a zatim i neizbežni uticaj lifestyle marketin

O zečevima i sirotinji

Dimitrije Vojnov čet 21. februar 2013.
Razvoj američke ekonomije je doveo do toga da Holivud danas ne može da snimi čak ni punokrvni šovinistički film. U vreme Ronalda Reagana, kada su tržišta SSSRa i Kine praktično bila zatvorena za američki film, a i kada nisu, raspoloženje u tim zemljama je bilo takvo da su sa radoznalošću prihvatali američku propagandu, postojale su određene, mahom fiktivne prepreke na koje bi nailazili otvoreno šovinistički filmovi koji bi se bavili diretnim konflik

Kad su cvetali pikseli

Dimitrije Vojnov sre 6. februar 2013.
WRECK-IT RALPH nije Pixarov film, već "obična" Disney produkcija koja je doduše nastala u periodu kada su kreativci iz Pixara uzeli veće učešće u radu Disneya, i kada je John Lassetter već došao na čelo sektora za animaciju. Ovim počinjem osvrt na WRECK-IT RALPH zbog toga što je ovaj film po svom kvalitetu u ravni Pixarovih radova, odnosno u ravni nadahnutih Pixarovih radova, i samim tim reč je o prvoj klasi filmova u svakom pogledu. Rich Moore nema background u Pixaru ali ima dosta iskustva u radu na

Vragovi koji su doneli šalu

Dimitrije Vojnov sre 12. decembar 2012.
Verovatno samo u danima mutnih političkih dešavanja, kada još uvek do kraja nije jasno ko je čiji, i ko bi mogao da svojom diplomom iznenada dopuni naprednjačke kadrovske rupe, možemo da očekujemo nenasilno suočavanje Aleksandra Tijanića, čelnika Javnog servisa, sa potpunim programskim brodolomom. U trenutku kada RTS kao svoj ključni premijerni adut emituje „Jagodiće“, drugu sezonu serije koja je izvorno išla na Pinku i kroz bestidnu „naprednjačku“ kampanju promoviše reprizu „Rođak

Otpisivanje otpisanih

Dimitrije Vojnov uto 13. novembar 2012.
Pomeranje Roberta Nemečeka sa mesta glavnog i odgovornog urednika televizije Avala na mesto savetnika za filmski i serijski program predstavlja ozbiljan udar na dva ključna principa obnove srpskog televizijskog bića. Ostaje nada da ovim ishodom ti principi nisu zauvek, već tek privremeno, poraženi i da će u nekoj sledećoj prilici biti bolje sprovedeni. Prvi princip je manje važan a zapravo je su&

Milchy Way

Dimitrije Vojnov pon 2. april 2012.
Pogledao sam "Luck" . Ova serija je ukinuta posle jedne sezone i započetog snimanja druge, formalno zbog nekoliko konja koji su stradali tokom snimanja. Ipak, nisam nesklon tome da poverujem kako je HBO iskoristio priliku da prekine snimanje zbog toga što je olako naručio novu sezonu. "Luck" je bio serija kojoj su rejtinzi maltene eksponencijalno opadali a na nivou zapleta se ispostavila da će biti jedan od onih HBO poduhvata koji uopšte ne

Izbori su došli u moj kraj

Milan Aranđelović uto 28. februar 2012.
Ležao je miran i spokojan u mraku čekajući neizbežno. Raj mu je bio na dohvat ruke. Ispunio je sve uslove koji su se od njega zahtevali da se pridruži svojim kolegama bogovima u njihovoj rezidenciji na orbiti oko Sirijusa - umro je. Njegove verne sluge dobro su ga pripremile za putovanje. Zavoji, kojim su ga obmotali, nisu ga stezali,niti mu kočili krvotok koga nema. Njegove iznutrice, sitna crevca i mozak bili su bezbedno spakovani na stalažama pored sarkofaga. Jedino ga je pomalo nervirala činjenica da ovo putovanj

Boles'

Milan Aranđelović pet 24. februar 2012.
Radnja ove priče odvija se u davnoj prošlosti, u jednoj drevnoj, srednjevekovnoj, zemlji. Kao što je poznato harale su u to mračno vreme mnoge bolesti. I, eto, desilo se da se od jedne bolesti razboleo i ministar unutrašnjih dela. Članovi Vlade, čiji je on ministar bio, nisu gubili vreme na formalnosti, kao što je smrt ministrova, već su odmah organizovali jednu samrtnu sedeljku. U svečanoj sali u zgradi Vlade, postavili su veliki i široki sto, zaostao od nekog banketa, čiji je kapacitet bio veliki. 

Transparentno Srbija!

Milan Aranđelović sub 18. februar 2012.
Sedi Vlada Srbije sama, na sednici ovog dana. Da tiho pati, to nam ministarska suza kaže, ali ne može da kaže, šta ministri traže. Znate li o čemu ove brige glede, objasniće nam rečenice koje slede! - "ŠMRC!", čulo se iz pravca ministra vojnog. - "Izvoli", reče mu ministar unutrašnjih nedela pružajući mu maramicu. - "Da li je, da li je…", sramežljivo će pružajući svoje kandze Vojni. - "Ne brini se. Maramice su iz javnih n

Smena i nacija

Stefan Aleksić čet 26. januar 2012.
Javna sfera u Srbiji je ponovo zavibrirala. Posle meseci slavskog i novogodišnjeg zatišja, neke ključne tačke i pitanja javne sfere ponovo su otkrivena. Nacionalističke snage oličene u nekim institucijama koje neopravdano nazivamo "medijima" i političkim elitama ponašaju se kao uzrujani roj pčela: prvo su iskasapili tekst pisca Andreja Nikolaidisa tako što su jedan deo istrgli iz celine, pa su tu rečenicu iskrivili, pa su ga onda optužili da je on toj rečenici dao značenje koje su joj dali beogradski

Pisac koji je voleo fusbal

Dimitrije Vojnov čet 29. decembar 2011.
Ako je nekome zasmetalo što Aleksandar Tijanić, direktor Javnog servisa, stalno sam odgovara na sva pitanja koja se postavljaju oko naše nacionalne televizije, onda je posle problema oko televizijskog filma o Crnjanskom, i pokušaja urednika Kulturno-umetničkog programa Miodraga Zupanca da sam spinuje taj slučaj, verovatno shvatio da ovaj čovek nema na koga da se osloni. Neodrživ koncept dramskog programa RTS-a

£££ Factor

Nezavisni Analitičar pon 12. decembar 2011.
Juče se završila još jedna sezona X Factor -a u Engleskoj. Zlobnici će reći da je bila najgora do sada, jer je u proseku 3 miliona ljudi manje nego prošle godine, subotom gledalo okršaje ne tako talentovanih i sve manje harizmatičnih pevača. Grupa devojčica, nazvana "Little Mix" ipak je osvojila publiku i za njih počinje "ride of the lifetime", borba sa slavom (oko 5 minuta), zatim izdavanje CD-a koji će kupiti samo &scaron

Poslednji Pajkićevac

Dimitrije Vojnov pon 28. novembar 2011.
@BretEastonEllis After seeing Drive today was told: "Sorry, babe, but I'd leave you for Ryan Gosling..." My response: "Um, babe, I'd leave you for him, too." Ponovni holivudski debi Nicolasa Windinga Refna " Drive ", pošto se

Critics Are Just Not That Into Romcom

Dimitrije Vojnov pon 3. oktobar 2011.
"Crazy Stupid Love" Johna Reque i Glenna Ficarre dočekan je kao veliko iznenađenje ove sezone. Doduše, Warner je vrlo suptilno postigao da mu se prorekne status sleeper hita još proletos što samo potvrđuje tezu da sudbinu filma na blagajnama u velikoj meri određuje odnos koji sam distributer ima prema njemu i da su većina promašaja filmovi od kojih je sam studio digao ruke.

"Oskara" uveoci

Dimitrije Vojnov sub 3. septembar 2011.
Pre nekoliko dana, srpska javnost je ponovo izgubila dragoceno vreme baveći se jednom od najbesmislenijih aktivnosti u domenu bizarnog hobija zvanog srpska kinematografija a to je izbor našeg ovogodišnjeg kandidata za Oskara. Kao i inače, ovogodišnjeg kandidata izabrala je jedna opskurna institucija i taj izbor je ponovo tretiran kao svojevrsno "priznanje" za najbolji film pošto njime eto sad treba da se podičimo pred svetom. Uprkos tome što čak i članovi te opskurne organizacije bar

Playing doctor with the devil

Dimitrije Vojnov čet 4. avgust 2011.
Ne volim previše da blogujem o stvarima koje radim ali sam poslednjih dana bio angažovan na jednom zanimljvom poslu za svakoga ko sebe smatra delom srpske kinematografije a još više

Spilberg - Pitanje mozga

Dimitrije Vojnov sub 18. juni 2011.
Danas je u kulturnom dodatku Novost i izašao tekst u sklopu najave novog, i poprilično izvanrednog filma JJ Abramsa Super 8 koji je Steven Spielberg ne samo producirao već i u značajnoj meri inspirisao. Integralne odgovore na pitanja koji nisu mogli da uđu u tekst, a proistekli su iz jedne lepe prilike da se malo promisli o Spielbergovom doprinosu

Prva klasa

Dimitrije Vojnov uto 7. juni 2011.
Kao što je već poznato korisnicima kako socijalnih tako i nacionalnih mreža, pogledao sam "X-men: First Class" Matthew Vaughna, i da mi "Blade" nije stvarno jedan od najbitnijih filmova inače, priznao bih da je ovo svakako najbolji film ikada snimljen po Marvelovom stripu. Ovako to zadovoljstvo prepuštam nekom drugom, ali mislim da je to svakom dobronamernom gledaocu očigledno. Štaviše, išao bih toliko daleko da "First Class" proglasim za ozbiljnog kandidata u trc

Dokazi ljubavi

Dimitrije Vojnov pon 23. maj 2011.
Kada na IMDBu listate filmografije dramskih pisaca poput Harolda Pintera ili Toma Stopparda među brojnim ekranizacijama pronaći ćete nekoliko sa srpskim naslovima. U pojedinim slučajevima to su snimci pozorišnih predstava koje je naša televizija emoitovala kao zasebne emisije ali neke stavke su i televizijke drame snimljene po njihovim komadima i to u vreme kada su oni bili aktuelni. Pored emisije „Trezor“, ovo je još jedan podsetnik na danas gotovo nezamislivu praksu da je beogradska televizija, u okviru

Filmovi u kojima smo pobeđivali

Dimitrije Vojnov pon 9. maj 2011.
Na jednoj zanimljivoj diskusiji o partizanskom filmu u okviru Festivala revolucije, istorije i knjževnosti, domaćin Vule Žurić, književnik i veliki poznavalac partizanskog filma – koje ima značajnu ulogu u njegovom romanu Nedelja pacova (Laguna, 2010) – postavio je jedno naizgled revijalno a zapravo suštinsko pitanje – kako bi danas izgledao partizanski film? To pitanje u određenoj meri može naći sv

Ne lepši, a stariji

Nezavisni Analitičar sre 27. april 2011.
Poslednjih meseci svedok sam renoviranja Tašmajdanskog parka u Beogradu. Prolazim Bulevarom Revolucije ili Beogradskom i gledam u te tarabe i jedva čekam da ih sklone i da vidim šta su to napravili od starog parka. Nisam siguran da li je Tašu trebalo baš tako temeljno renoviranje. Park nije izgledao tako loše, trebalo mu je malo podziđivanje stazica i osveženje trave, možda malo obratiti pažnju na cvetne aranžmane i srediti asfalt... ali ovi su baš rešili da ni kamen na kam

Jedino rešenje je samoubistvo

Nezavisni Analitičar sre 20. april 2011.
Gledam Tomu ovih dana, od kada je na dijeti, i ne mogu a da se ne upitam: može li iko toliko prevrtljiv sa izveštačeno tužnim i brižnim nastupom, i toliko negativnim stavom, da ima čak i prijatelje a kamoli kompetentne saradnike s kojima bi jednog dana preuzeo vlast u zemlji. Jedini Nikolićev veran partner je Vučić, a gledajući njih, uz lopova Karića kao kolaboracionistu, čoveku preostaje jedno jedino rešenje: da se ubije.

Srbija od srca

Nezavisni Analitičar pon 4. april 2011.
Vidim te bilborde po Beogradu, a slutim da nije samo glavni grad u pitanju, koji su deo kampanje "Srbija od Srca". Krasno. Lepe slike, lepi pejzaži, neke livade, tu i tamo po reka ili brdo, ima drveća, po neki planinski vrh, kuća i vodenica, sojenica, pa opet cvetne livade i šume. Na svakom bilbordu piše i gde je uslikan... all the usual suspect su tu, Tara, nekakvi šumadijski pejzaži i slično. Onda se u jednom momentu zapitam čemu zapravo služi kampanja "Srbija od Srca"? Kren

Zašto Srbi vole Gadafija

Nezavisni Analitičar ned 20. mart 2011.
Prethodnih dana, inspirisan ogromnom podrškom koju Pukovnik uživa medju Srbima, pokušao sam da sagledam doprinos Moamera Gadafija ljudskoj civilizaciji. Za vreme njegove četrdesetogodišnje vladavine, koja se često graničila sa strahovladom, libijski narod nije postigao ništa... ni u umetnosti, ni u nauci, ni u sportu. Društveno uređenje je i dalje plemensko i primitivno, demokratija kao koncept je celoj naciji (ili bolje reći skupu plemena koje žive u pustinjama Libije) potpuno nepoznata

KNOW HOW: Kako da cigaretama smanjite kvadraturu svog lokala

Nezavisni Analitičar pet 11. mart 2011.
U zemlji u kojoj ja živim pušenje je zabranjeno svuda osim na ulici i u privatnim stanovima. Prethodnih pet godina ni jednom nisam osetio dim cigarete, niko od mojih prijatelja ne puši, svega nekoliko kolega po nekada zapali cigaretu (od oko 100 koliko nas radi u istom ofisu). A zašto ja to pričam? Pa zato što, kada sam u Srbiji, gde god da odem i s kim god da odem uvek se vratim kući ugušen od duvana... o smradu da ne pričam. Kada pitam ljude zašto puše, oni koji

Ivkovićeva slava

Dimitrije Vojnov sub 5. mart 2011.
Kada je najnoviji odlazak Dušana Ivkovića dospeo u vesti, gotovo da se nije našao u žiži interesovanja. Naprosto, narod se već navikao da je došlo ono doba godine kada nam Duda preti da će dati otkaz i onda uvek preko volje ostane na čelu reprezentacije. Ovog puta međutim niti je on ostao niti se iko potresao i moram da pohvalim medije, i narod u celini, zbog ovakve reakcije. Pre svega, tradicionalni sukob naših superstar trenera i nacionalnih asocijacija koje su ih angažovale da vode reprezentativne

Dan malih valova

Dimitrije Vojnov uto 1. mart 2011.
Proteklih pet-šest sedmica u reality talogu televizije Happy, koja već nekoliko sezona stoji kao spomenik opredeljenju RRA da se u svoje vreme više bavi time kako da ne dodeli frekvenciju RTLu nego izborom kome će je zapravo dati, emituje se vrlo pristojna omladinska serija prilično pretencioznog naslova TOTALNO NOVI TALAS – ili skraćeno TNT. Nota bene, ni činjenica da je pre par sedmica emitovala verovatno prvog favorita za laskavu etiketu TV događaja godine - dvodelno izdanje ĆIRILICE Mil

Pisac u civilu

Dimitrije Vojnov uto 15. februar 2011.
Premijera na Agitpopu svakako nije prvi slučaj da sam postao saradnik medija koji to nije - već iza svega krije jednu tajnu, obaveštajnu, opinionmejkersku funkciju. I baš zato osećam potrebu da za ovu premijeru skrojim jedno odelo, u kome ću moći da se krećem po ovom blogu, u civilu. Poslednjih dana, bolje reći sedmica, dosta vremena sam posvetio intervjuima koje je Milomir Marić pravio sa Ljubišom Ristićem, zatim zbirci predratnih kolumni Aleksandra
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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