I See Red People

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I See Red People (Je vois rouge)

Directed by Bojina Panayotova

  • France, Bulgaria 2018; 83 min
  • Original version: Bulgarian, French
  • Genre: Documentary


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. Director Bojina Panayotova assembles archival footage, old family films and interviews to create a multi-layered, at times humorously exaggerated collage of sounds and images about a journey into the past which, once ended, will allow her to make a better start on her own future.



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