News

Roma Quixote - Roma community touched by Adventists in Bulgaria

Roma Quixote - Roma community touched by Adventists in Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

Bern, Switzerland [CD-EUDNews; T. Nikolova, I. Ilieva].A documentary by an Adventist about the life of a Roma community touched by Adventists:

March 31, 2014 | CD-EUDNews; T. Nikolova, I. Ilieva;

Bern, Switzerland [CD-EUDNews; T. Nikolova, I. Ilieva].A documentary by an Adventist about the life of a Roma community touched by Adventists:

Petya Nakova is a Bulgarian writer, script-writer and film director. She is a very dedicated Adventist and has worked at one of the most popular Bulgarian TV channels. She is also the former editor of Bulgarian Adventist newspaper.

In 2010, she graduated from New Bulgarian University (NBU) as film director and started working together with her university colleague and friend Nina Pehlivanova on the Roma Quixote project. Nakova worked as director of short films and second assistant-director in a TV series. She is a freelance writer and her articles are published in Kino Review and in the Troud daily newspaper. In 2012, Iztok-Zapad Publishing House issued her first book entitled "The Preacher and the Black Horse", which is a documentary investigation into the life of an Adventist pastor during the time of communism. The investigation done for the book laid down the basis for the work on the film “Roma Quixote”.

Some of her films include: “Where is Ivancho”, a 2010 documentary, funding awarded under the competition by Workshop Initiatives for Citizens; “Silence Stories” (as co-scriptwriter and co-director, jointly with Nina Pehlivanova), a 2008 documentary, funding awarded under the competition by Kult.bg, first performance of 13 Salon of Arts in the National Palace of Culture, first prize at the annual festival of NBU.

She is now presenting her newest film “Roma Quixote” at Krakow Film Festival. The movie shows positive examples from this Roma community and shares some thoughts about the role of the Adventist church in shaping the mindset of Roma people. The co-author of the film is Nina Pehlivanova. The film is produced by Ars Digital Studio with the support of Bulgarian National Film Center.

Valeri (Roma Quixote) is a middle-aged man, extremely intelligent and a sensitive amateur actor and poet. He works as a reporter at the Bulgarian National Radio in Sofia, but he lives in a prefabricated block of flats in Kyustendil. Although he overcame his unfavouble childhood, he cannot cut his “umbilical cord” connecting him to the Roma neighborhood and he spends time there every day. To be able to live “like a Bulgarian” in town, he pays off a large debt, which has forced his wife to work in Greece. The film touches on some the “ups and downs” in his everyday life.

“We would like to ask for your support on the film trailer” says Ivalina Ilieva, one of the Communication directors in Bulgaria. “By voting for the trailer, you would give a Adventist Roma community better visibility.”

See - http://trailers.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/menu/trailers/-/trailers/0/Roma%20Quixote

“Thank you for helping Petya and Nina show the bride side of a Roma neighborhood to one extremely judgmental world!”, concludes Teodora Nikolova, reporter of the Bulgarian Seventh-day Adventist church.

 


Back to list