SXSW 2022: WOMEN DO CRY – Actor Maria Bakalova And Co-Directors Vesela Kazakova and Mina Mileva Address Gender Inequality in Bulgaria


Interview by Paul Salfen

Bulgarian superstar Maria Bakalova stars in this dramedy depicting the current misogyny women face in her home country.  Filmed before the movie Borat Subsequent Moviefilm brought her to the forefront of attention. WOMEN DO CRY balances serious social issues with moments of comedy.  Events are based on real-life situations from co-director Vesela Kazakova’s family.

SYNOPSIS:  A mother stork is shot down from a chimney. A woman suffering from postnatal depression nearly jumps off a balcony. A girl has to deal with the stigma of HIV. A mother looks for magic in the lunar calendar. Fragility and absurdity in this contemporary Bulgarian family are set against the backdrop of violent anti-gender equality protests.


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