By Natasa Radic – Zagreb
One of the most important gatherings for intelectuals, public figures, philosophers, activists and artists, Subversive Festival starts in Zagreb on May 4th. It will last two weeks and will include a film festival, Balkan Forum, and Subversive Forum platform for alternative social mobilization, a book fair and the international conference “Utopia democracy.”
This year topics are broad and challenging – after waves of protests in the past few years — from North Africa, the Middle East and New York to Frankfurt, Madrid, London, Athens, Bucharest, Sofia, Zagreb and other parts of Europe — whose goal was to force the ruling structures to act in the interest of the general public, it is difficult to determine whether any actual breakthroughs were achieved, apart from the rise of a new political subject – active citizens committed to true democracy and social justice. At the heart of all these uprisings are expressions of a wish for a real democracy, which have been seemingly absorbed by the ruling elites with almost no consequences for the established power relations. A serious discussion about political and utopian potentials of democracy is more necessary than ever. This is why Subversive Festival will debate on these issues and the contributors to the debate are prominent international activists and polic figures including Oliver Stone, Alexis Tsipras, Álvaro García Linera, Aleida Guevara, Slavoj Zizek, Tariq Ali, Silvia Federici, Chantal Mouffe, Franco Berardi Bifo, Yanis Varoufakis…
With the competition program in the film festival section, Subversive will have the premiere showing ten episodes of the documentary series “The Untold History of the United States’ made by the triple Oscar winner Oliver Stone, this year’s biggest star guest of Subversive Festival. Although best known for his Hollywood feature films, he will speak about his political activities on a round table that will be co-hosted by British-Pakistani writer and philosopher Tariq Ali. Documentary project “The Untold History of the United States,” Stone described as the most ambitious thing he ever did.
In a recent interview published in The Guardian, Oliver Stone spoke about the motives for shooting “The Untold History of the United States.” He also spoke about his own shift from Republican to Hugo Chavez fan – making the Obsevrer describe him as “one of the few dedicated leftists in the mainstream American cinema.” Oliver Stone in the same conversation mentioned he is looking forward to go to Croatia and participate in Subversive Festival.