Bastards of Utopia
A remixable Documentary
Meet the Characters
ENCOUNTERS WITH THE RIGHT
THE FREE STORE
Encounters with the Right
Since the collapse of Yugoslavia, the Croatian right has been increasingly popular and active.
What can you say with a can of spray paint? Fistra, Jelena, and Dado use graffiti to add their voice to the urban landscape. Peppering the city with anarchist slogans and anti-fascist tags, militant activists create forums for discussion and confrontation on mailboxes, signposts, and the sides of buildings.
For anarchists like Jelena, Fistra, and Dado, being politically engaged is about more than attending protest marches and chanting in unison. From squatting abandoned buildings to organizing anarchist punk concerts, militant activists seek alternative routes to create community and live their politics.
From confronting the police to scavenging and cooking for a neighborhood Food Not Bombs giveaway, Jelena, Fistra, and Dado are constantly participating in new engagements with activism.
A city is more than a backdrop for the lives of its inhabitants. Zagreb’s roads, billboards, transit systems, and markets offer glimpses of a changing urban landscape.
The Free Store
One of the largest projects the anarchist collective took on during Maple’s time with them was the Free Store. Hoping to invent a new space for exchange and interaction in their neighborhood, Jelena, Fistra, Dado, and friends refurbish an abandoned building and collect donations of clothing before the police take notice.
Several media productions that address issues of transnationalism in different ways
Maple comes back to London and Zagreb to discuss with Jelena and Fistra about the years of engagement in activism and where they are at the moment