Gypsy Road (Bulgaria, 2020, approx. 27.56 mins., )

Roma actress?! There is no such thing!

Let us tell you about Nataliya Tsekova, then.

An inspiring story about the winding road of the first Roma actress in Bulgaria, officially graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. From the everyday life’s challenges, to the sacrifices in the name of theater, and the trust in the great Roma cause – education for the ghetto. Nataliya Tsekova – THE WOMAN, THE ACTRESS, THE PERSON.

Roma culture is usually associated with music, dance and songs. But what happens when a Roma girl decides to become an actress in Bulgaria?

It creates a precedent.  MY GYPSY ROAD is an inspiring story about the path of the first Roma actress officially graduated in Bulgaria – Natalia Tsekova. It tells about her dreams, hopes and battles. While touring the country with her spectacle “Gypsy Wheels” in the old car of her godfather Valio, we discover the big soul of Natalia. Between her encounters with the audience, the work, and the simple joys in life, Natalia reveals the secret behind her unusual choice of profession. Complemented by the stories of her acting coach Prof. Zdravko Mitkov, her family, the playwright Zdrava Kamenova and her friends. We will see Natalia performing at the ghetto and as a mediator at a “gypsy school”. She will make us witnesses how people like her can keep the Roma kids in the classrooms – the actress’s personal cause. The colorful episodes roll one after another like the towns along the way, building the image of Natalia, while she writes her personal story…

Directed by: Vilma Kartalska

DoP: Teodor Penchev, Ivaylo Hristov, Elitsa Stefanova

Production Companies: Raiza Vilm Production, Javada Film Production

The project has been financially supported by Program Debuts of National Culture Fund – Bulgaria, and New Bulgarian University.


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