A critically important realm of avant-garde cinema has been largely neglected in the US over the years—the wave of films that emerged in the countries of former Yugoslavia. While a handful of filmmakers have penetrated the consciousness of American scholars and cineastes—Dušan Makavejev above all, though Karpo Godina and Želimir Žilnik have begun to make ripples as well—these artists are merely the tip of the iceberg, representing an experimental film movement of extraordinary richness, inventiveness, and uncompromising political engagement.
To begin to redress the invisibility of these films here in the US, as well as to call attention to some of the important institutions and organizations that are heroically working (in the face of daunting obstacles) to preserve the avant-garde cinema of ex-Yugoslavia, we’ve invited the Slovenian Cinematheque, the Croatian Film Association, and the Academic Film Center, Belgrade, to curate programs showcasing films from their collections. Although even these four programs represent only the most selective of surveys of the Slovenian, Croatian, and Serbian avant-garde movements, the films included here are guaranteed to transform your conception of twentieth-century experimental cinema.
—Jed Rapfogel, Film Programmer, Anthology Film Archives, New York