Production: Vardar Film – Skopje

Genre: Documentary

Duration: 16 minutes

Year: 1979


Content: An excerpt from the life of Roma nomads, dedicated to the celebration of St. George’s Day. In the film, using particular breadth and strength in expression, this theme is dealt with in the contrasts of modern urbanization. The film abounds in multifaceted iconography as a source of incarnation of the romantic and unfettered understanding of life. The atmosphere of the ballad inevitably captures the reminiscences of distant myths. This poetic vision of the life of the last nomads was recorded in the authentic setting of the Chergar settlement opposite the celebration of the biggest Roma holiday. As atavistic features of their beliefs, which include ritual bathing as a symbolic purification and communion of soul and body, the mystery of birth and the welcome of new life, to the desire to live without restraints, presented through the metaphor of the furious gallop of horses , they attack the viewer’s senses and do not leave him indifferent after watching the movie.

Awards: 1979 FJDKF, Belgrade, “Belgrade Gold Medal” for directing a documentary by Stole Popov 1979 FJDKF, Belgrade, “Belgrade Gold Medal” for best camera by Misho Samoilovski 1979 MFF, Oberhausen, Grand Prix 1979 MFF, Melbourne S, of the Jury 1979 MFF, Leipzig, Special Jury Prize 1979 FF, Ljubljana, Grand Prix 1980 MFF, London, Special Diploma 1980 Los Angeles, Oscar Nomination, among the five best documentaries



Directed by: Popov Stojan – Stole

Screenplay: Popovski Ante

Montage: Grbevski Dimitar

Cameraman: Samoilovski Misho

Tone: Pakovski Gligor

Assistant cameraman: Samoilovski Vladimir

Tone editing: Pakovski Gligor

Recording organizer: Teofilovski Risto – Ridgeway

Selection of music: Popov Stojan – Stole