Controversial Dox

Bastards of Utopia

Maple Razsa, Pacho Velez

The documentary film Bastards of Utopia, based on 18 months of filming, follows the fieldwork of anthropologist Maple Razsa with anarchist-punks in Zagreb, Croatia. The film focuses on three leading activists who organize political protests against capitalism and nationalism throughout the former Yugoslavia. The three belong to the ‘Black Bloc,’ the faction of the anarchist community responsible for the most confrontational episodes at ‘anti-globalization’ protests. They document how—for these three activists—their participation in radical protest is only part of a continuum of political action manifest in their everyday lives: not-for-profit cultural production, do-it-yourself media and post-consumption lifestyles.

Maple Razsa

Maple Razsa is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. He teaches on human rights, social movements, political documentary, and postsocialism at Colby College. He has shot and directed films in Slovenia, Croatia, Mozambique and the U.S.

Pacho Velez

Pacho Velez is a graduate of Harvard University. He has directed two full-length documentaries: ‘Occupation’ (2002), and ‘Orphans of Mathare’ (2003). His films have won several prizes, including the Rosa Luxembourg Award at the New England Film and Video Festival (2003) and the Best Documentary Award at the Ivy Film Festival (2003 and 2004).

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Bastards of Utopia

USA, Croatia
2010, 62', color, video

Directed by:
Maple Razsa, Pacho Velez

Screenplay by:
Maple Razsa

Cinematography:
Maple Razsa, Pacho Velez

Edited by:
Maple Razsa, Pacho Velez

Music:
Azra

Producer:
Maple Razsa

Produced by:
EnMasseFilms, Film Study Center, Harvard University