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I SEE RED PEOPLE

by Bojina Panayotova

synopsis

When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, Bojina was eight years old. A short time after, her father, an artist, moved with her from Bulgaria to live in Paris. Twenty years later, this young woman returns to Sofia on her own, intent on documenting everything. She senses that there is something unspoken in her family's past. Why were they always able to travel? Were her parents privileged? Bojina starts to confront them with uncomfortable questions. She learns that a good friend of her mother’s worked for the Bulgarian secret service and met her regularly to quiz her about her foreign contacts; she also learns that her father sold his paintings to members of the secret service. With a high degree of self-reflection, Bojina digs deeper into her family history and gets into an argument with her parents that escalates into a dispute about loyalty, post-communist arrogance and the right to one’s own history.

international title: I See Red People
original title: Je vois rouge
country: France, Bulgaria
sales agent: Wide House, Syndicado (US)
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Bojina Panayotova
film run: 84'
release date: FR 24/04/2019
screenplay: Bojina Panayotova
cinematography by: Bojina Panayotova, Xavier Sirven
film editing: Léa Chatauret, Elsa Jonquet, Bojina Panayotova
music: Emilian Gatsov
producer: Roy Arida
co-producer: Arnaud Dommerc
production: Stank, Andolfi
distributor: JHR Films
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