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by Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva


A young Bulgarian digs out her dead granddad secret police file to unravel the past and find the answer why had the Socialist idea failed. She is fed up with the hypocrisy of modern Bulgarian Socialists, who continuously advocate a social well fare system, while driving her country to catastrophe in the last 25 years. At the same time, the Socialist idea abroad has moved on. Like most of Bulgaria’s youth, banished into exile, she found a living in London – the city her granddad adored but never visited. The granddad, a philosopher and an anglophile had sympathized with the Socialist idea in the early 1920’s but later on, seeing the damage of the left propaganda in 1944, he had fled to the mountains to join massive opposition movement called “Goriani”. In a semi-mystic dialogue with him, visualized with fanciful animated sequences she restores the collective memory of generations so far apart.

international title: The Beast Is Still Alive
original title: Zvyarat e Oshte Zhiv
country: Bulgaria
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
film run: 91'
release date: BG 20/03/2016
screenplay: Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
cinematography by: Dimitar Kostov, Alie Crawford, Plamen Gelinov, Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
film editing: Donka Ivanova
producer: Vesela Kazakova, Mina Mileva
production: Activist38
backing: MEDIA for Development, Bulgarian National Film Centre for production, the Bulgarian National Television
distributor: Activist38

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