Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Bulgarian Censorship On Controversial Film

This has not been in the media that much on Bulgarian TV or radio as it would bring more attenton to the banned film and producer. I also fear that many news articles have also been warned of publishing a negative tone on Bulgarian censorship. I won't say any more, but give you a video trailer and a except, which you can move into on the source link if you want more.

Something terrible happens again on the Balkans. Censorship, political persecution, trials in absentia, film prohibition – all those words known from the near past behind the iron curtain…

No – you are not back in the Communist era, you are living in 2009 and yes, Bulgaria is a member of the European Union.


On May 13 2009, an international arrest warrant was issued for the Canadian / Bulgarian filmmaker Alexo Petrov – director and co-producer of BAKLAVA – the most wanted Bulgarian movie of all times.

Banned in its country of origin under accusations of containing scenes promoting drug use, pornography and homosexuality, the commotion generated by BAKLAVA led to an investigation of the Bulgarian government, trial and sentence in absentia.

Baklava has been shot with the participation of several children from an orphanage in Bourgas, and it tells the story of two brothers reunited in a hunt for a mysterious buried treasure.
Apparently, something else, more disturbing than the pictured orphans’ life, scared some Bulgarian politicians. Among the other scenes with documentary character, there is a sequence where bunch of gentlemen in black suits, with ties in different colors, corrupt, undress and “dance” with young girl in Bulgarian national dress. Allusions with the corrupted and arrogant Bulgarian politicians are unavoidable.

In the peak of the scandal Petrov, who lives in Canada since 2004, wrote an open letter to the medias and institutions where he said:

“I went back in Bulgaria with good intentions, with open eyes. Although, most of us cannot or just do not want to see the terrifying reality, the real life nightmare there is not a fiction. The film at some point might be entertaining, shocking or even might make people blush, but at least it shows what is really going on in Bulgaria - on the street, in our concrete apartments, at bus stations, on TV, at the overcrowded stadiums during pop folk concerts, at the bars, in the orphanages and children's care homes…

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