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Time of Violence (1988)

Vreme na nasilie (original title)
In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is... See full summary »

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Momchil (as Momchil Karamitev)
Rousy Chanev ...
The Priest, pop Aligorko
Ivan Krystev ...
Manol
Anya Pencheva ...
Sevda
Walter Toschi ...
Venetzianetza (as Valter Toski)
Vassil Mihajlov ...
Syuleyman aga
Kalina Stefanova ...
Elitza
Iossif Surchadzhiev ...
Karaibrahim
Konstantin Kotsev ...
Karaibrahim's father dyado Galushko
Stoyko Peev ...
Goran
Bogomil Simeonov ...
Ismail bey
Djoko Rosic ...
Karahasan
Velko Kynev ...
Velikiyat vezir
Stefka Berova ...
Gyulfie
Angel Ivanov ...
Mircho
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In the 17th century, a Bulgarian Christian region is selected by the Ottoman rulers to serve as an example of conversion to Islam. A Janissary who was kidnapped from the village as a boy is sent to force the reluctant inhabitants to convert. The Turkish governor seeks a peaceful solution, but ultimately torture, violence, and rebellion break out. Written by Peter Reiher

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28 March 1988 (Bulgaria)  »

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Time of Violence  »

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The official Bulgarian submission to the 1990 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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When the Bulgarian people are facing the Ottoman army you can see two people wearing electronic watches. See more »

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Referenced in The Way Back (2010) See more »

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An exceptional film
20 February 2010 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

I attended the North American premiere of this film at the Seattle International Film Festival in 1989. It remains 20 years later as one of my fondest cinematic experiences.

This is film making at its best. An epic with intensely drawn characters and exceptionally memorable scenes. Essentially, the Bulgarian Lawrence of Arabia and a film worthy of comparison to Lean's masterpiece.

Many of the comments about this film are from Bulgarians, and I cannot personalize the film in the same manner that they have done so. To me, as an American, the film explored the issue of why Christianity and Islam were in inherent conflict when they are in many respects similar. When I saw the film in 1989 this was purely an interesting intellectual question. After 9/11 the film has taken on a whole new dimension for me. Clearly with 9/11, the wars that have followed and the wave of Islamic terrorism across the globe, the issue remains well worth exploring.

If anyone out there can tell me how to get a copy of the film, please email me.


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