No Minorities: The Ballad of the Macedonian Diaspora   (2021)
An ambitious narrative drama that sets out to explain the centuries old tensions affecting Macedonians living in the Balkans and abroad.
Details
Project Type:
Feature Film
Running Time:
141
Genre(s):
Docu-drama, Drama, History
Cast:
Lee Lawson, Peter Higginson, Rosie Perovska, Philip Antoniev, Jan Gerl-Korenc, Felipe Aukai
Director(s):
Renjie Li, JL Bose (Jovan Boseovski)
Writer(s):
JL Bose (Jovan Boseovski)
Producer(s):
JL Bose (Jovan Boseovski)
Project Status:
Completed
Origin Country(s)/Region(s)
Canada, Greece, Macedonia
Release Date:
2021
Official Website:
Media Formats:
3D, 2D
Synopsis
No Minorities is a story about a small, yet passionate and historically significant group of people that MUST be told. The Ballad of the Macedonian Diaspora is a compilation of real word-of-mouth stories of the trials and tribulations told by grandparents, parents, uncles, and aunts weaved into the fictional journey of our principal and secondary protagonists. After her engagement falls apart because of tensions between the families, LYDIA travels back to the Balkans and experiences centuries old ethnic tensions in present day Macedonia. Juxtaposed to her story are “flashbacks” of 1950’s Macedonia and the secondary protagonists, ILCHE and PERO, two soldiers in the Yugoslav army who encounter first-hand oppression as they struggle to leave behind the Balkans at all costs. The film delves deeper into the history of the Balkans with a series of period flashbacks. The opening scene itself starts with the first of many “flashback” scenes, “Bucharest circa 1913” in the middle of tense negotiations of the Treaty of Bucharest - the armistice treaty dividing Macedonian ancestral lands between Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia. This scene, along with the other interconnected flashbacks tell a story of romance, heartache, and inspiration for the Macedonian people and their homeland all carried on through a strong female lead and an ever-present female influenced culture....more

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