Who Wants to Be an Albanian? The Representation of Albanians in the Serbian Movie
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Who Wants to Be an Albanian? The Representation of Albanians in the Serbian Movie "The Hornet"
Who Wants to Be an Albanian? The Representation of Albanians in the Serbian Movie "The Hornet"

Author(s): Vesna Madžoski
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.
Keywords: the problem of Kosovo province; culmination of Serbian and Albanian conflicts; the problem of the Mafia;

Summary/Abstract: This essay is a short analysis of the representation of 'the Others' – in this case the Albanians – in the Serbian movie »The Hornet«, 1998. The movie was filmed by a 'pro-democratic' and 'anti-Milosevic' circle of artists, but in its essence it reproduced the same stereotypes and mechanisms used by the official government of that time. In it, the problem of Kosovo is seen as a pure criminal one; the problem of cultural, social or class differences between Serbs and Albanians is minimized and reduced to the problem of the Mafia. As we learn, this problem can be solved with a simple, effective police intervention – which we all witnessed soon after.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 04-05
  • Page Range: 84-92
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English