Before immersing myself again in the yugo mainstream cinema (hopefully) i remembered an interesting small documentary about the youth in the middle of the Yugo Wars, might be worth a check for some here.
1995's Vidimo Se U Čitulji
or See You in the Obituary
, translated in the west as "The Crime That Changed Serbia", is a half-hour video file of the rising Dizelaš
phenomenon occurring in the balkans at the time, a "sub-culture" which was merely laborer-class teenagers and young adults who grew up in the dire economical crisis and disparity of the debt-ridden 80's Yugoslavia and who found themselves practically without a stable future when the happening happened and the yugo sphere started to kill each other. So, basically what the russians experienced in the post-USSR but without soldiers filling the crime ranks and with a bit more raw violence even without the proliferation of heavy weapons. Our team of journalists here, B92 (i think they were suicidal independent information seekers) try to interview some of the underground figures and try to patch what the hell is happening with Belgrade, but while trying to do so shenanigans ensue
To add a bit more more context the dizelaši turned into informal work, often petty, which sooner or later became crime, crime became closed-communities of associates which then became gangs and when the film was made the transition between gang and mafia organization started happening, problem is those countries already had mafias but they were either fighting as volunteers/mercenaries in the war or were trying to expand/escape into sideline activities in the Adriatic... or so the youths thought.
Either way these young and wild but naive kids started living in excess and playful showings which ended in getting killed all the time: You see at this point, like in the famous Castellammarese War of the NY italian families, every man was a hitman in potential and the only way to avoid getting lead was hiding perpetually in holes or highland. But the flesh is weak and these dudes needed to drink cheap rakija, play arcade games and drive fast cars, which sometimes ended up in their demise when somebody searching ultimately found them; only those deemed worthy or honorable enough survived, that is until you banged the wrong girl.
The documentary doesn't go that deep into the origins, that was just a quick explanation, but it does focus on the hilarious attitude many of these dudes had in contrast with the horrible war, hitmen roaming the city to score points and the infamous government security squads, the Red Berets, made of hardened military-trained cops and technically co-founded by a former mafia hitman-turned-caudillo, the great Arkan
. This unit would later on be in waters just as hot as the dizelaši because of their ambiguity when their top ranks were found guilty of hitting the Prime Minister himself in 2003, that's how tough they were.
Anyways, we see the youth supposedly getting their drug connections "from somewhere" (tip: the entirety of Eastern Europe) and being reckless assassins with no honor (hence the prevalence of their volatile lives) some of those who live enough, according to the images, seem to spend it all on german imports: These dudes dress in full Adidas attire, listen to House records, eat only Kinder chocolates, drive used Mercedes and they all want to buy BMW Alpines and AMG-tuned MC Benz; the Ultimate Krautboos. The most memorable part of this whole thing is a group of interviewees wanting to exert a bit of dominance to the opposing gang, so they all go up to one of their leaders' apartments and start posing/squatting for a photo in front of his prized Porsche 911 Carrera badly parked outside, heavily emasculating him in the process and adding an utmost shamefur dispray to the front page of some magazine. This led to the hilarious situation our investigation team suffered later on some of the interviewees started to get contract killed soon in the middle of the production run and its post-development, including some not even in that segment, and everyone with a camera was frowned upon and few were left to promote the movie with the directors
This video also features a trademark narration seen in some movies from the area/era: The srs bns balkan female narrator, seemingly conventional but adds tons of presence over time, the amusing horror film Davitelj protiv Davitelja
also included this to great effect along with other minor pieces. Think of the 70's stoic neutral japanese male narrator that appears in some japanese documentaries and movies.
The famous Kocayne
YT user uploaded this cool period piece along with his war-era turbo folk videos, a little window more to understand what kind of hell the balkans were living at the moment and that ultimately led to one of the directors/writers to become a monastery monk. Kocayne got taken down for hate speech but many videos got reuploaded again, so here they go in a friendly YT bypasser.
Wish this was 3 hours long, morbidly