The Seamstresses

The Seamstresses

2010 / Germany, Macedonia / 30min

Talented people like artists or writers who stayed have one choice only: work as seamstresses.
Eriela, Beti and Vesna are seamstresses in the small town of Stip. If they wanted to afford one of their handmade blouses, it would cost them a months salary. While the women are fully employed, their men are less fortunate and find themselves unemployed after the collapse of communism. A situation with a lot of potential conflict for the couples.
The men find it hard to be dependent financially on their women, when they used to proudly provide for the family.
Alongside the textile industry the film tells the parable of the children of Macedonia after the collapse of communism and takes a look behind the curtains of globalization.



  • Original title
    The Seamstresses
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Biljana Garvanlieva
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Dimo Popov, Manuel Zimmer
  • Editing
    André Nier
  • Music
    Robert Rabenalt
  • Sound
    Manuel Zimmer, Darko Boskovski, Bratislav Zafirovski
  • Duration
    30 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
    • Macedonia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Dream Factory Macedonia
    bul. Kuzman Josifovski-Pit.34/1
    1000 Skopje
    tel: + 389 2 32 11 788
    fax: + 389 2 32 11 660
    Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
    Heinrich-Roller-Straße 15
    10405 Berlin
    tel: +49 306 956 6910
    fax: +49 306 956 6915
  • Distribution


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