Scene from the film The Seamstresses

The Seamstresses

  • Macedonia
  • Germany
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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
  • DOP
    Dimo Popov, Manuel Zimmer
  • Editing
    André Nier
  • Music
    Robert Rabenalt
  • Sound
    Manuel Zimmer, Darko Boskovski, Bratislav Zafirovski
  • Duration
    30 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Macedonia
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Divan Film Festival, Romania, 2013
    • Balkan Film Festival, Odense, Denmark, 2011
    • European Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania, 2011
    • FIPA Biarritz-International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, 2010
    • Slobodna Zona - International Documentary Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, 2010
    • International documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, the Czech Republic
    • Montenegro International Film Festival, Herceg Novi
    • International Women's Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany
    • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany
    • Dokumentarist - International Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
    • International Documentary Film Festival, Munich, Germany
  • Awards
    • Grand prix "Heart of Sarajevo" for Best Documentary - Saraјevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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