The Balkans?, Croatia, 2005, 7 min, DV, Experimental
"The Balkans?" is an experimental documentary video done by use of animation. It explores the meaning of the term "Balkans" as a definition and notion, the difference between definitions and notions, and the way people construct meaning. I looked up what does it stand for in various encyclopedias and maps, and most of them define determined, and so the Balkans fails to exist as a geographical term. Other definitions are also vague, and so the Balkans doesn`t even exist as a valid term. It does exist as a widespread notion, a presumtion, prejudice based on stories of a doomed place and violent from the midsixteenth to late 20th centuries.
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