[Marxism] “What Went Wrong in the Nineties”: NATO, the EU, and Eastern European Cinema | Lefteast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed May 8 06:00:04 MDT 2019

If ­­­­­­­­I could summarize the discussion titled “What Went Wrong in 
the Nineties” held at the GoEast Film Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 
April, I would draw on the name of the festival itself to call it: “Go 
West!” Bringing together an eclectic mix of professionals, the 
hour-and-a-half-long talk turned out to be not only a lesson in further 
humility for the austerity-ridden and transition-fatigued East 
Europeans, but a telling example that what actually did go wrong in the 
nineties—namely the financialization of Eastern Europe and its (re)turn 
to the status of a Western colony—continues to be openly celebrated (in 
a majority of political circles) rather than critiqued and deplored.


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