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Category: South East Europe Culture

Review – Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Fire

 “I can’t remember seeing so much humor in a production of Romeo & Juliet ever before – which was a delight.” A Review of Romeo & Juliet: Love is a FireSanta Monica PlayhouseBy Catharine Dada, PhD. This revisioned dynamic production Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Fire blends dance and a paired down, and sometimes […]

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Review: Lend Me Your Character

Dubravka Ugrešić’s Lend Me Your Character is a kaleidoscopic amalgamation featuring one novella, seven short stories, and several sections of author’s notes. In classic Ugrešić form, fairy tale elements abound–magic, crass humor, textile allusions to sewing, grotesque imagery, repetition, and warnings fill the pages.

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Review: Night truck driver

Night truck driver, By Marcin Świetlicki Translated from Polish by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese Poetry ISBN 9781938890802 128 pages  Bilingual: Polish and English on facing pages Zephyr Press Reviewed by Amanda L. Andrei The world drips. Caught in some kind of thaw, circling a winter on the verge of melting into a dream, or a dream solidifying […]

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Theo Angelopoulos – The Landmark UCLA Retrospective

Review by Malina Stefanovska In the Fall of 2022, the UCLA Film and Television Archive ran a complete retrospective of Theo Angelopoulos, a Greek film director and one of the most famous and beloved filmmakers of South East Europe. The full house of the Billy Wilder theater, the rapt attention of the audience during the […]

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Review: And If I Don’t Behave Then What

Reviewed by Amanda L. Andrei Open Fist Theatre Company Through March 4 And If I Don’t Behave Then What L.A. premiere of the new play by Iva Brdar Ovaries on the concrete. Chin and cheek dimples with the sound of a drill. Being polite, kind, and well-behaved in the face of nameless, insidious forces.  The […]

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The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešić – Book Review

The Museum of Unconditional Surrender  Translated into English by Celia Hawkesworth Reviewed by Natasha Ravnik While reading Dubravka Ugrešić’s book, The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, I wondered if humankind had learned anything. Although Ugrešić wrote this work between 1991 and 1996, when her homeland of Yugoslavia was being destroyed by war, her words remain current.  […]

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Ukraine in the 17th edition of SEEfest

The 2022 South East European Film Festival announces the inclusion of Ukraine in the 17th edition The 2022 South East European Film Festival announced the inclusion of Ukraine in the program, with two outstanding films, the 2022 Sundance directing award winner Klondike by Maryna Er Gorbach and the US premiere of Blindfold by Taras Dron. Both […]

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In Solidarity

Less than a quarter-century since the last deadly fighting was over in Eastern Europe the winds of war have again engulfed the region. Under attack, hundreds of thousands of civilians are fleeing Ukraine and pouring into neighboring countries. Non-Ukrainian residents and Ukrainians alike are seeking shelter in Romania and Poland, and farther afield. The danger […]

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The Legacy of the Non-Aligned Movement – The Dream of Peaceful Coexistence and Encouragement of Cultural Diversity

Did you know that the 1st Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement took place right in the heart of South East Europe? The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was formally established nearly 60 years ago—in one of the regions our festival covers—Belgrade, in today’s Serbia, then the capital of Yugoslavia. The first official conference of the non-aligned countries […]

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DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE, Croatia

City Spaces: Diocletian’s Palace

At the heart of Split lies Diocletian’s Palace Before Croatia became a country in its own right, the area was under the rule of various powers and empires, each of which has left its mark on its cities and culture. One of the earliest is the Romans, whose architecture formed the foundation from which cities […]

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