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I See Red People

DirectorBojina Panayotova
ProducerRoy Arida – Stank, Arnaud Dommerc – Andolfi
WriterBojina Panayotova
CameraBojina Panayotova
EditorLea Chatauret, Elsa Jonquet, Bojina Panayotova
SoundPablo Salaun, Xavier Sirven
SectionFocus: Bulgarian New Voices / Focus: Cinema by Migrants, Cinema on Migrants / Focus: Europe, 30 Years After the Berlin Wall
Original TitleJE VOIS ROUGE
Length84 min
ScreeningSaturday 9 November | 13:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 10 November | 14:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag

A brave and thrilling documentary investigation about the filmmaker’s own family participation in state espionage during communism in Bulgaria.


After twenty-five years spent in France, due to the emigration of her family from communist Bulgaria, Bojina return to her home country, torn out by street protests against the never changing status quo. She carries a camera and a vertiginous suspicion: what if her family had collaborated back then with the political police of the communist regime? And what if they belong to the so called “red trash” that the protestors want to see disappearing? She decides to investigate her own family while filming constantly and being ready for anything. Her adventure turns into a tragic-comic odyssey, a mix of a spy thriller and a family portrait. 

Director’s bio

Bojina Panayotova was born in 1982, in Bulgaria. She was 8 years old when she arrived in France. She acquired a Master’s in philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and then entered La Fémis. She directed several shorts selected in many international festivals (Home Match produced by Arte; Cosmonauts a short documentary; Bulgarian Gospel, a sound documentary produced by Arte radio etc.) and also works as a scriptwriter (Hope directed by Boris Lojkine and selected at La Semaine de la critique; Camille directed by Boris Lojkine in preproduction; In Limbo directed by Antoine Viviani). I See Red People is her first feature film as a director.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Berlinale, 2018 – World Premiere (Panorama) | Sofia International Film Festival | Festival International Jean Rouch | Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur | Crossing Europe | Seville European Film Festival | Stockholm International Film Festival | Uruguay International Film Festival | Sarajevo Film Festival, 2019