The Pioneer Oath
The last battle cry of one 90 year old Partisan veteran Miša Mirković who in 2019 fights to save a WWII Memorial site dedicated to child fighters like himself, which is now under threat of sale reveal the Lessons from the the collapse of Yugoslavia and its ideals
In 1941, Miša and Boško joined the Yugoslav Partisan units where a significant number of children were already active fighters.
Boško Buha died in 1943 becoming the youngest “People’s Hero” and acquiring an almost pop culture status throughout post WWII Yugoslavia. At the site of his death, a Memorial Complex was built, where activities for half a million “Yugoslav Pioneers” took place over 30 years.
The other boy, Miša Mirković actively fought until the end and after surviving WWII starred in dozens of feature-length movies becoming one of the most popular actors of Yugoslavia in 50s. He worked as director of the Yugoslav State TV and maintained an active social life, in the company of some of the most influential personalities of post-war Yugoslavia.
Almost eighty years after the war, Miša and Boško’s paths cross again when the Memorial complex named after Boško Buha is under threat of sale and Miša, now 90 years old, has one last chance to save his friend’s legacy. Through Miša’s eyes we see the disintegration of utopian ideals, told through the story of the Pioneer youth movement in Yugoslavia.