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I Dream of Mummers

Peeva, Adela; Kanopy (Firm)
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Summary
I Dream of Mummers is a story about a custom, called kukeri, in which masked people dance at the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. The custom's origins are hidden far back in the past "” a tradition that has become part of the history of an entire nation. It is found in many places in Bulgaria, but here, in the village of Sushitsa, it has almost completely preserved its authenticity and can still be seen as it was performed centuries ago. For people here, this is the biggest feast of the year, and today, on its eve, the entire village is preparing for the celebration. Bells are tinkling, costumes and masks are taken out of drawers and attics. Everything looks just as it did in an old newsreel found in the National Film Archives. In 1942 "” more than 60 years ago "” cameras filmed the same celebration in the same village. Here the tradition is handed down from generation to generation, from father to son, and when shown this archival footage, some people in the village recognized their fathers and grandfathers. One man recognized his father and another saw his grandfather as a young man with curly mustache. This is a film about a small village and its inhabitants, about an ancient tradition that they have preserved almost intact to this day, and about a friendship as undying as the tradition itself. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards Ashgate Audience Film Prize, RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, London, 2011 Preservation of Spiritual Heritage Award, International Festival of Ethnological Film, Serbia, 2011 Best Bulgarian Film, International Mountain Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2011 Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPEKTY, Poland, 2012 Days of Ethnographic Cinema, Moscow, Russia, 2012 Festival of Visual Anthropology ASPECTY, Poland, 2012 Parnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, 2011 15th International Ethnographic Movie Festival, Brazil, 2011 "Cultural Heritage Values Reflected in the Cinematography of the Black Sea Region," Romania, 2011 XX International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia, 2011
Release Date
2011
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 2011.
Publisher no.
1146907 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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