FILM: Ghetto: The Secret Life of the City

Event Date: 

Wednesday, November 6, 2002 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, November 7, 2002 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Event Location: 

  • Screening: Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
  • Music Building
  • Lecture: Room 1425
  • Phelps Building

Event Price: 

Free Admission

UCSB Department of Music, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Music and Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies present: 


"Ghetto: the Secret Life of the City" 

by Mladen Maticevic and Ivan Markov (1993-1996) 

Screening and discussion presented by Brana Mijatovic 

In periods of crisis, cultural practices are often permeated with political meaning. This powerful film documents such a period in Serbia during the presidency of Slobodan Milosevic. By juxtaposing rehearsals of rock bands relegated to playing in underground garages with scenes of popularized folk music in large stadiums, this film vividly documents how musical taste in Serbia during troubled times expressed politicalc stands and moral values. 


"Turbo-folk and Rock 'n' Roll: Nationalism and Anti-war movement in Serbia" (1989-2000)

by Brana Mijatovic

During the 1990s in Serbia, the relationship between music and politics became increasingly complex and multifaceted, resulting in the political opposition between government-sponsored "turbo-folk" and underground rock 'n' roll. This presentation of popular Serbian musical genres illuminates the controversial power of music during times of crisis to both manipulate audiences into unquestioning acceptance of immoral acts, and to produce social possibilities for change and constructive political action. 


Brana Mijatovic, originally from Belgrade, Serbia, is a researcher and musician in the Ethnomusicology Department of UCLA. She is currently writing on the topic of music and war in her dissertation "Music and Politics in Serbia during the Milosevic Regime."