This is a story about love and separation, about families forcibly separated by the totalitarian regime of Enver Hodja - the longest-serving European dictator of the 20th century. Only because their wives were foreigners …
Whose Is This Song?
This is a film about a song and the transformations it underwent on its travels along the roads of the Balcans: in the different countries it has different faces and exists as a love song, a military march meant to scare the enemy off, a Muslim religious song, a revolutionary song, an anthem of the right nationalists, etc.
Тhe film centers around eng. Ivan Ivanov, the longest ruling mayor of Sofia in the XX century – 10 years, 3 months and 15 days. He was convicted as a “German spy” for “carrying out a pro-Nazi policy” and sentenced to death by the People’s Court. Later his penalty was changed into a life-sentence. Before 1944 he was under surveillance because he was suspected of being close with the communists. Some of the projects that he carried out as a mayor include the first urban planning of Sofia, the creation of “Big Sofia” by incorporating neighboring villages, the building of the Rila water-main and Iskar dam. The Mayor is a tribute to this extraordinary man and a story of the difficult and controversial time in which he lived and worked.