|The Good Postman|
|Directed by||Tonislav Hristov|
|Produced by||Kaarle Aho|
|Screenplay by|| Tonislav Hristov |
|Music by||Petar Dundakov|
|Edited by||Nikolai Hartmann|
Making Movies Oy
|19 November 2016|
(International Documentary Festival Amsterdam)
|Country|| Finland |
The Good Postman is a 2016 documentary film directed by Tonislav Hristov.The film offers a tragicomic perspective on the 'refugee crisis' of 2015 from a small Bulgarian village located near the Turkish border. The village has suffered decades of economic and demographic decline. The handful of remaining residents observe refugee families from Syria and elsewhere as they cross the border, and ponder inviting them to settle in the vacant village houses. This proposal, advocated by the village postman and main protagonist Ivan, polarizes opinions and brings into focus the local people's own fears, hopes and disappointments.
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