12th August 2017
Director: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Original Language: Bulgarian
In the 1960s and 70s, communist Bulgaria had a celebrated animation studio, with Donyo Donev its leading light. His short films like Clever Village, De Facto, Pardon and the beloved Three Fools series delighted viewers at home and abroad. But, as revealed in this documentary, the true creative force behind these works was his “assistant” animator, “Uncle Tony” Antoni Trayanov. More troublingly, the documentary avers that Donev and other senior figures at the studio were in league with the Bulgarian secret police. Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova’s impassioned documentary — a flashpoint of controversy in Bulgaria, after a record-setting theatrical run in Sofia — tells a story of communist-era state control and corruption, but one with widespread relevance to the world of creative collaboration and credit-taking. KineDok.net
KineDok aims to expand and take care of a community of viewers and fans of documentary film and get creative documentary film to the attention of a wider public through screenings and discussions at non-traditional places. Eight European countries cooperate on the third edition of KineDok: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The online catalogue of the project offers 16 East and Central European documentaries that are screened at more than 25 venues in each country.