Bulgaria / USA, 2017, 17’ FRIDAY / November 3rd / 17:00 // Cinema Muzeul Țăranului – Romanian Premiere
Synopsis: Since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989, Bulgaria has experienced the most extreme population decline in the world. Low birth rates, high death rates, and two large waves of emigration have pushed many villages to the verge of extinction. Altimir explores life in one of Bulgaria’s disappearing villages, haunted by the promises of communism and capitalism. Yordan Dimitrov is our guide to the life that remains.
Kay Hannahan is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Queens. She codirected the series Lost in Bulgaria, which was nationally broadcast on Nova Television in 2011, and has spent years making films in Bulgaria, where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her short films Altimir and Yordan have screened at venues around the world including The National Gallery of Art, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and Ethnografilm. Kay holds a MFA in Film &Media Arts with an emphasis in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practice from Temple University and a BA in Anthropology from Concordia University
Montreal. She was recently awarded Black Maria Global Insights Award and was a Flaherty fellow in 2014. She enjoys almond croissants, news programs, and fine Bulgarian moonshine – in no particular order.
Festivals / Awards
Winner: Global Insights Award – Black Maria Film
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