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The Children of Drujba

Decata na Drujbata, Bulgaria, 2010, 70 min, Digi Beta, HD, Creative, Politics
1979, Beirut. At the peak of the civil war in Lebanon, Ahmad is a 15-year-old boy with an AK47 in his hand. His photo was published in LIFE magazine, and Ivan Garelov, a famous Bulgarian journalist, made a film about him. In the film, Ivan asked him: “What do you want to be?”, and Ahmad answered, “A doctor!”. “Do you want to study in Bulgaria?” – Ivan asked. “Yes!” – Ahmad answered.
In 1967, the Bulgarian poet Blaga Dimitrova visited Vietnam. In the war-torn country she met a 7-year-old girl and loved her instantly. This was Ha. Blaga had no children and had the greatest desire to take Ha with her, though the child’s parents were alive. With the blessing of Vietnamese comrades, Blaga could take Ha to Bulgaria, and thus in 1969 Ha Hoang became Hanny Dimitrova.
Ha and Ahmad are the Bulgarian symbols of Communist internationalism in action. These are "children of Drujba - comradeship", born in countries struggling for independence and socialism, nurtured and brought up in socialistic Bulgaria. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of socialism, these "children" are forced to grow up quickly and decide whether to go back to their old country or to remain as emigrants forever.
Producer:
Ivan Tchankov, Svetoslav Draganov
Director:
Svetoslav Draganov
Original idea:
Svetoslav Draganov
Screenplay:
Svetoslav Draganov
Director of photography:
Svetla Neykova, Aleksandar Krumov, Svetoslav Draganov
Editor:
Svetla Neykova
Sound:
Johnny Penkov, Ivan Andreev
Music:
George Dontcev
Languages:
Arabic, Bulgarian, French, Vietnamese
Subtitles:
English
Cineaste Maudit Production Bulgaria Vardar Blvd., bl.22 A, entr. D
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Bulgarian National Television (BNT) ul. San Stefano 29
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Bulgarian National Television (BNT) ul. San Stefano 29
1504 Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone:
+359 2 740 022
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Cineaste Maudit Production Bulgaria Vardar Blvd., bl.22 A, entr. D
1330 Sofia, Bulgaria
East European Stand at Sunny Side of the Doc East Silver 2006Ex Oriente Film 2004
Nominee - Prix Europa 2010
Film Festival Cottbus, 2010, Germany
Bulgarian National Film centre

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