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Sparks in Time – Worldwide Computer Adventure

  • Documentary Film
  • 82’
  • s.d.
  • Slovenia

In 1978, a group of electrical engineering classmates established the IT company “Iskra Delta Computers” in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the USA, this was the time of Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak. Janez Škrubej, the only managing director of Iskra Delta Computers, is convinced that the last information technology battle, the Cold War, was being fought in Slovenia, in the fo

In 1978, a group of electrical engineering classmates established the IT company “Iskra Delta Computers” in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the USA, this was the time of Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak. Janez Škrubej, the only managing director of Iskra Delta Computers, is convinced that the last information technology battle, the Cold War, was being fought in Slovenia, in the former Yugoslavia. The documentary uncovers the background of this war. In 1985, the company saw a meteoric rise and constructed the first and world’s largest computer network in China. When the company’s technology became too powerful and too big, it attracted the attention of the CIA, which wanted to prevent the enemy from accessing it. On the other side of the front, the KGB saw Iskra Delta Computers as a final opportunity to make up for the Soviet IT shortcomings. The company was also in trouble with the Yugoslav secret police UDBA and the local authorities due to their short-sightedness, corruption, and proverbial Slovenian jealousy. On top of it all, Yugoslavia faced a gory breakup.

Director Jurij Gruden
Director's statement

The 1980s – which, in Yugoslavia, started with the death of Josip Broz Tito and ended with the country’s dissolution, while Europe saw the end of bipolarity, demise of socialism, and the beginning of

The 1980s – which, in Yugoslavia, started with the death of Josip Broz Tito and ended with the country’s dissolution, while Europe saw the end of bipolarity, demise of socialism, and the beginning of European integration represent one of the most exciting periods in contemporary European history. They were a period when the old had not yet withered away, while the new had not yet formed. At this time, one of the most successful economic endeavours took place. The enthusiasm behind the contemporaneous post hippy gigs inspired me during the creation of this incredible story.

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Alternative title
Sparks in Time – Worldwide Computer Adventure (english)
Production countries
Slovenia
Technical data
Aspect ratio
1,85:1
Duration and length
82 minutes
Colour
Colour (s črno-belimi inserti)
Sound
5.1
Screening formats
digital DCP

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