Binka: To Tell a Story About Silence

Binka: Da Raskazesh Prikazka Za Malchanieto

62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Α film about Bulgarian director Binka Zhelyazkova (1923-2011) who never shrank from controversy. A film pioneer, she was at the forefront of political cinema under Bulgaria’s Communist dictatorship. Her allegorical and urban dramas examined human rights, artistic freedom, and the legitimacy of the political system itself. Intercutting riveting scenes from Binka’s films, rare archival footage, and candid interviews with former Bulgarian studio executives and film professionals, this provocative portrait reveals the pressures and complexities that arise when art is made under totalitarianism.

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Direction: Elka Nikolova
Script: Elka Nikolova
Cinematography: Hristo Bakalov, Vanyo Georgiev
Music: Rumen Boyadzhiev
Production: Vreme Film Studio
Producers: Stanimir Trifonov (producer), Dawn Jordan, Stephanie Vevers (associate producers)
Format: DCP
Color: Color & BW
Production Country: Bulgaria
Production Year: 2006
Duration: 47'
Contact: Elka Nikolova

Elka Nikolova

Elka Nikolova was born in Bulgaria and studied psychology at the University of Sofia before she moved to the United States in 1994. In 2000 she received her MA in Media Studies, with a focus on film production at the New School in New York. She has worked in film and television in New York since 2003. Her documentary film Binka: To Tell a Story about Silence, completed in 2007, premiered at MOMA in New York. She co-produced and edited the documentary film Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon.


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