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Man is Not a Bird

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Dušan Makavejev’s groundbreaking first feature is a warts-and-all portrait of workers in a mining complex in a remote region of Yugoslavia.

Emerging from the “new film” movement made possible by decentralisation and the democratisation of the film industry, Makavejev grasped the opportunity to express his idiosyncratic vision of personal freedom.

Following the contrasting exploits and sexual relationships of an assembly expert and a violent smelting worker, the film aims to “show how people are permeated by ideologies, and how their conduct, gestures, opinions, thoughts, are unconsciously influenced by ideological hypnosis” (Makavejev).