NWFF in Macedonia

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skopje cityscape

Zdravo NWFF fans!

This weekend I arrived in Macedonia (located between Greece and Serbia) to spread the wonderfulness that is Northwest Independent filmmaking to the outside world! (or at least a small corner of it). This is a snapshot of the capital, Skopje. Here, I’ll be presenting two programs of films made by Pacific Northwest artists. I’ve chosen films that represent what I think is a defining character of filmmaking in our region—they all share a modesty in their production means but are richly expressive and as a whole demonstrate a broad range of visual techniques and stylistic approaches. I will be spending time to find films here that characterize the artistic sensibilities of the South Balkan region and show them at NWFF this summer.

My first few days here have been very exciting! Skopje is presenting its own annual film festival (no english version available online, sorry), while my friends at Lokomotiva have just completed staging the two week leg of a traveling dance academy. This city is very colorful and lively, and is experiencing a historic moment as it neighbors Europe’s newest nation, Kosovo, and a long held feud with Greece over its name may (or may not) be coming to an end.

I’ll be posting images of my adventures in the region at my Flickr site. Much thanks to CEC Artslink for providing the grant that brought me here!

Cao,Dave

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4 Responses to “NWFF in Macedonia”

  1. Bojan Says:

    Hope you’re enjoying yourself there

    P.S. I think you meant to say (“borders Greece to the South”), or maybe (“to the North of Greece”)

    Cheers

  2. David Hanagan Says:

    thanks, i never know how to phrase that correctly, so i’ve clarified it.

  3. A.Dimitriou Says:

    Some things first: The UN-accepted name is FYROM, not Macedonia. Here are the facts:
    1) This is not an issue of history, but of common sense: FYROM’s position is as delusional as any european country wishing to be called “Republic of Europe”, and say that they are the “European nation”. It is as delusional as a breakup former Mexican republic wishing to be recognized as ‘Republic of California”. Why? Because Macedonia is a geographical region divided between FYROM (less than 30%), Greece (over 50%) and Bulgaria. Thessaloniki is the capital of Macedonia and the second largest greek city. The population are proud to be both greek and macedonian, but have and want to have nothing to do with fyromians. So, if effect FYROM is telling the Greeks in Greek Macedonia “you are NOT Macedonians -we are”. A solution would be a name like :Slavoalbanian Macedonia or Northwest Macedonia, which would be accurate and would not claim the whole of an area for a part of the area. Same as a european country going by the name “republic of Europe”. So what does this make the rest of Europeans, who are not citizens of that country? Non-Europeans? FYROM insists on keeping that name, printing maps claiming greek Macedonia and denying that greek Macedonians are macedonians (they claim a nonexistent “macedonian minority” in greece, which is nonsense, as the prime minister himself is (true) Macedonian (as opposed to fyromian)).

    2) The argument that FYROM poses no military threat to Greece is true , but first Greece is not obligated to befriend a country that does not recognize its borders and insults their nationality. Consider this:
    -Would anyone consider 10 years ago that small, poor Kossovo would start a war against Yugoslavia?
    -would anyone consider 10 years ago that small, poor Lebanon (actually only one political party of it) would start a war against Israel?
    The point is that it only takes few people to create major problems(like wars) and the way it is now we have generations of fyromians growing up with these delusional ideas, which bear the seeds of new wars.

    Last, on the historical side: Fyromians claim that ancient macedonians were not greeks. This is completely crazy and can be easily disproved, not just in terms of the names (Alexander, Philip etc), but also from many independent sources. For instance jews celebrate their victory against the greeks, not the macedonians in hannuka. And, of course slavs only appear in the region 1000 years after Alexander. Yet this delusional theory is what fyromians learn.Bu t, at any rate, Spiegel should get the facts right: The greek objections are based not so much on history, but on plain common sense.

  4. H.KEVEKIDIS Says:

    as a resident of upper macedonia (ano macedonia or dytiki macedonia in greek) i am deeply offended by the use of the term “Macedonia” by the neighbor country. FYROM should not provoke the anger of the greek people by trying to “steal” their national identity or humiliating the greek flag or the greek prime minister.

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