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Alphabet of Hope (2004)

Azbuka na nadejdata (original title)
A stretch of secluded, mountainous countryside near the Bulgarian-Greek-Turkish border, a few kilometers long and a few hundred meters wide. In the 1980s, when the Bulgarian state tried to ... See full summary »

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Stephan Komandarev
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A stretch of secluded, mountainous countryside near the Bulgarian-Greek-Turkish border, a few kilometers long and a few hundred meters wide. In the 1980s, when the Bulgarian state tried to convert all Turks - demanding that they adopt Slavic names - most of its inhabitants flew to Turkey. Many of the villages near this border were abandoned. But some people stayed. The film concentrates on a few families - Christian as well as Muslim - and the uncertain future of their children. Since most schools were closed, the children have to drive 140 kilometers to the only remaining school for all 16 villages of the region - at dawn, in a truck, in rain or snow; on a street which we will see during the different seasons and which will become another character in the film. At "St. St. Cyril and Methodius School", Bulgarian, Turkish and Roma children are schooled side by side. Their mutual respect for each other's faith, but also a truck driver and the local doctor who introduces the film, give ... Written by http://goeast.deutsches-filminstitut.de

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Country:

Bulgaria

Language:

Bulgarian

Release Date:

March 2004 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfabet nadziei See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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EUR70,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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