Tobacco Girl

Biljana Garvanlieva, Germany, 201035mm, Colour, 28'

Mümine, a 14-year-old Turkish girl lives with her family in the high mountains of Macedonia. Her family belongs to the Turkish minority. Mümine’s family needs her for the difficult work in the tobacco fields – their only source of income. Mümine is raised in the tobacco plants and the things that are ripe are sold. She is sold to her future husband for 3000 Euros. Will she find a way out from this „law of nature“? She has two possibilities in the village: either to get married or to go to school, so that she can be sold to her husband for a higher price. It is her dream to move to Skopje city to go to school – she wants to become a teacher.

05 August, Kino Bahçe, 22:15

Balkan Documentary Competition

Director: Biljana Garvanlieva
Producer: Christain Beetz
Cinematographer: Susanne Schüle
Editor: Andre Nier
Sound: Oliver Josifovski

Director's Biography

Born in Skopje, Macedonia, after her studies of Philology and Drama Arts in Skopje, she received a DAAD scholarship and continued her studies in Tübingen and Berlin, Germany. After working as a Radio Journalist and Playwright, she became a Director. Her debut film "Macedonia Dream – A girl and her Accordion" won the most important German Short Film Award "Goldene Lola" as well as the German Axel-Springer-Award for young Journalists. The film received a Special Mention Award at Zagreb Dox Festival, the Golden Projector at Aster Fest Macedonian and the Gold Panda Award at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

Festivals and Awards:

Ljubljana International Short Film Festival 2010, Slovenia. 12th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival 21, Greece. Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey. Festival de Films de Femmes de Créteil, France. 58th Trento Film Festival, Italy.


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