France,Bulgaria/2018/ 83′

DIRECTOR: Bojina Panayotova

CAMERA: Bojina Panayotova, Xavier Sirven

MUSIC: Emilian Gatsov

PRODUCERS: Roy Arida, Arnaud Dommerc

PRODUCTION: Stank, andolfi


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.

Program IN FOCUS in cooperation with NGO Women’s Rights Center.

Bojina Panayotova

Bojina Panayotova

She was born in 1982, in Bulgaria. She was 8 years old when she arrived in France. She studied philosophy at Ecole Normale Superieure and then directing at La fémis film school. “I see red people” is her first feature film, selected in Panorama, Berlinale 2018.