Bulgarian elections and (banned) film “Baklava”

Baklava is a recent Bulgarian film which was banned as soon as it was released a couple of years ago due to allegations of content unsuitable for the screen, including violence, indecency and child pornography.  Allegations aside, the film presents a bleak, but compelling and in some ways strikingly realistic version of contemporary Bulgarian reality, and it is a pity that it has not been available to the public. The film is even more heavy on metaphor than it is on shocking scenes – it seems to fit under the “magic realism” tradition in Bulgarian literature and film. Good cinematography and music, too.

Bulgarian elections are taking place this Sunday, 12 May, after resignation of PM Boyko Borissov in February this year.  The film is available online only today, 11 May, from 00:00 to 23.59 during what Bulgarian law stipulates as the “day for reflection” prior to the election day. While watching it, I thought that more people, Bulgarians as well as non-Bulgarians, should watch it – so I am sharing it here.

“The film tells the story of brothers Jorre and Kotze who travel around the country in search for a treasure hidden by their deceased grandmother. Jorre is 26, wears black and listens to drum and base. Kotze is 9, wears a silver chain on his neck, steals, fights and listens to chalga.  Despite the differences between them, the brothers set off on a journey all over Bulgaria. On the way, they encounter Bulgarian reality: crazy, at times scary, and shrouded in the country’s political mindlessness”.

Watch, download, share, and don’t be shocked – before someone takes it down. Don’t show it to your children and conservative or easily shocked relatives.

P.S. Baklava was filmed in the Idle Ethnographer’s home town.


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  1. Explanations of the Presidential election results in Bulgaria in 2016
    http://mrp-eurasia.com/download_files/Explanations_of_the_Presidential_election_results_in_Bulgaria_in_2016.docx

    Today MRP-EURASIA (executive office in Bulgaria) invites to a public opinion poll (Omnibus) in Bulgaria following the results of the presidential elections November, 2016.

    Key questions that are waiting for a response (Omnibus participants can add their questions):
    1. What are the key factors have played the main role in the results of candidates?
    2. What rating are pre-election promises of each candidate (weighing of the electoral advantages)?
    3. What are the Bulgarian voters primary estimations in relation to the quality, credibility and professionalism of the election campaign for the President of Bulgaria (will be estimate separately the opinions voters of main concurrents)?
    4. What influence on the outcome of the presidential elections in Bulgaria could have Russia, the United States and the European Union (Romania separately)?
    5. What are the key factors of influence on the outcome of the elections in Moldova can be migrated (used) for elections in East European and Balkan countries?
    6. What kind of correlation are traced between Bulgaria and Moldova on the presidential election, where have won pro-Russian candidates?
    7. What are the key promises of the candidates could consolidate the Bulgarian society towards overcoming socio-economic crisis, the crisis of confidence to the supreme power, the crisis in belief to the democratic values, credibility crisis to the “Western partners”?
    8. How will the policy of Bulgaria towards the “Anti-Russian sanctions of the European Union and the United States”?
    9. How to change the policy of Bulgaria in relation to projects GazProm (Russia), “South Stream”, etc. Russia’s largest investment projects?
    10. How will the Bulgarian policy towards migration policy?
    11. How to change Bulgaria’s policy towards neighboring Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia (as well as Russia and Ukraine)?
    12. How to change the policy of Bulgaria in relation to the projects NATO (including concerning missile defense system)?
    13. What are the prospects of the new Bulgarian President party in the next parliamentary election?
    14. How the new President of Bulgaria will affect to new Bulgarian Government?

    Research Methodology “National Omnibus in Bulgaria by results the presidential elections in 2016”:
    • Data collection method: F2F PAPI
    • The sample size 1500
    • 4 main cities in the country (Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna)
    • Age, gender, income level, education level, type of employment, etc. according to the national representation.
    • Survey unit: household

    Omnibus Timing:
    • Applications, questions submitting: till 26 November
    • Adaptation of common questionnaire and tools: 26-30 November 2016
    • Fieldwork: 01 December 2016 – 14 December 2016
    • Delivery of report: to 16 December 2016

    We accept your application for participation in Omnibus and all additional questions to email: Bulgaria_RFQ@mrp-eurasia.com
    In the Letter subject line please indicate “Application for participation in Omnibus Nr.01-1216” (or, respectively, “The question on the Omnibus Nr.01-1216”)
    All the details of our standard omnibuses, please look on http://mrp-eurasia.com/omnibuses_Bulgaria

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