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A documentary about growing up between two worlds and the true meaning of positive transformation.

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Let's make the best film we can make!
Let's make the best film we can make!

We have reached our initial goal!  THANK YOU!! That was only the minimum necessary to finish editing the movie.  Every dollar raised above the initial goal will help us make a truly polished and professional film.  Become a backer and be a part of making this success story even more amazing!

WHY I'M MAKING THIS MOVIE:

I’m making this movie, because I believe that just and sustainable societies are built not by political or economic systems, but by individuals seeking a higher level of consciousness.

THE STORY:

Here is the trailer for the movie.

In the fall of 1989, just two months before the fall of communism in Bulgaria, I started 7th grade at a new school, with a group of other 12-13-year-olds, many of whom would become my friends for life.  We had been brought up with idealistic notions of a utopian society seared in our consciousness, but during the most impressionable years of our lives, we also experienced the cataclysmic crash of our childhood world.  We quickly learned to be survivors and take everything with a grain of salt.  Yet we also lived for the moment and knew how to make the most of our new freedom.

In those years, my classmates and I shared a bond, which I still felt alive even after 10 years of living in the United States.  In this movie, I take a personal journey of reconnecting with my friends and learning how the transitional years in Bulgaria have shaped their lives.  Through their eyes, I explore the recent history of my country, looking for an answer why so many people in Bulgaria are deeply disappointed with democracy. 

This journey of rediscovery frames my own search within and evolution as a human being, which over the years of working on this movie has given me a completely new perspective on politics, economics and social struggles.

ABOUT BULGARIA:

On November 10, 1989, just one day after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a coup within the communist party, brought down Bulgaria’s dictator of 34 years, Todor Jivkov.  The events and profound changes in society, which followed are still a subject, which people in Bulgaria try to make sense of.  The expectations from democracy were enormous and the hope for a better future intoxicating. 

Yet at the end of 2010, a study published in The Economist, deemed Bulgaria “the saddest place in the world, relative to its income per person.” Not much has changed 2 years later – Bulgaria is still a place where negativity is just the norm.  If this is true, what progress have we really made?  Have we achieved changes in all the wrong ways? 

A graph from The Economist showing Bulgaria at the bottom of the happiness scale relative to income.
A graph from The Economist showing Bulgaria at the bottom of the happiness scale relative to income.


WHY I NEED YOUR SUPPORT:

The movie has been shot and is at a rough cut stage.  So far, it has been almost entirely self-funded and self-produced.  But now it is in need of the talents of other filmmakers, who can help shape the most compelling story, with a polished edit, graphics, color correction, music and sound design.  In addition, the money raised through this campaign will pay for archival footage licenses.


HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform, where lovely, generous supporters of the arts can donate money to projects of their choice, in return for certain rewards.  The catch is that it is an all-or-nothing venture.  Artists set the goal of how much money they want to raise, but if they don’t reach the amount, they don’t get anything.  Backers pledge the amount they want to give, but their credit cards are not charged until the end of the campaign and only if the goal is reached within the deadline. Payments are processed via Amazon.   

With this in mind, the goal for this campaign is set at $12,500 -- the absolute minimum for finishing this documentary. This amount will pay for editing and archival footage.  It will not cover additional post-production services.  So, please be generous in your donation.     


REWARDS:

In return for your pledge, we have some pretty cool rewards.  Here are a few images for some of them...

The first 72 backers at the $75 reward level will also receive a unique communist era medal, pin or button of their choice.  Here are some examples... (Images of all items are accessible through the links below).

Click here to see more of Page 1 of the images of available buttons, pins and medals
Click here to see more of Page 1 of the images of available buttons, pins and medals
Click here to see more of Page 2 of the images of available items
Click here to see more of Page 2 of the images of available items
Reprint of a vintage communist art postcard
Reprint of a vintage communist art postcard
Another postcard for $10 reward level
Another postcard for $10 reward level
Communist era postal stamps from various communist countries
Communist era postal stamps from various communist countries
DVDs of Viktoria's previous movies
DVDs of Viktoria's previous movies

BULGARIA THE BEAUTIFUL PHOTO GALLERY:

Four of the Seven Rila Lakes
Four of the Seven Rila Lakes

More images are available here... 

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are many challenges involved in filmmaking. For me, this has been one of the most challenging projects because it is so personal and it has taken me a long time to get to the main threads of the story. Funding has been a major issue, which I hope to overcome with this campaign. If I exceed my goal, I will be able to realize my vision fully, incorporating more graphics and animations, having original score and a polished picture and soundtrack.

All these elements take a long time and many collaborators in order to accomplish. So these are some reasons why finishing the film might take longer than expected. Another big challenge is procuring and licensing all the archival footage that I need. I will do my absolute best, though, to complete the movie as soon as possible and fulfill all rewards as promised. All backers of the project will receive updates as work on the movie progresses and I will definitely share the unforeseen obstacles and challenges, which will undoubtedly come up. Regardless of the difficulties though, I am committed to finishing this film to the best of my ability. Thank you for your trust in supporting my project!

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