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The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism



Happy memories, true love, and strange anecdotes, combined with unique archive footage, make this film a fascinating study of socialist car culture past and present. Duo Bogdanov-Missirkov and the production company Agitprop are well-known for making well-researched, often humorous and playfully lucid documentaries.

A cinematic, character-driven insight into what it meant to produce and to own a car in communist times: the socialist propaganda dreams and the hard reality of living that dream. This film looks at the fascinating history of socialist automobiles based on select accounts which portray the events and hardships of the time with a touch of humour. We meet a young woman who was inspired by pin-up models, a couple who drove to freedom in West Germany but had to abandon their beloved car on the last leg of their journey, a former racing champion and automobile fanatic who turned his old banger into a luxury vehicle, and many more.


Saturday, 25 November – 14:35

THE CARS WE DROVE INTO CAPITALISM | 2021 | 93 min | Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany

PRODUCTIONMartichka Bozhilova – AGITPROP; Hulahop, Saxonia Entertainment, Danish Documentary Production, Endorfilm
SCREENPLAYGeorgi Bogdanov, Boris Missirkov
CINEMATOGRAPHYGeorgi Bogdanov, Boris Missirkov
EDITINGEmil Granicharov, Jacob Thuessen
SOUNDVeselin Zografov
LANGUAGEBulgarian, Czech, English, German, Norwegian, Russian


DOK Leipzig, 2021 | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2021 | CPH:DOX, 2022 | Art Doc Fest, 2022 | ZagrebDox, 2022 | Jeonju International Film Festival, 2022 | DokuFest, 2022 | Ji.hlava, 2022 | Union of Bulgarian Film Makers, 2023 – Best Cinematography in Documentary Film


Georgi Bogdanov (1971) and Boris Missirkov (1971) both graduated together from the National Lyceum for Ancient Languages and Cultures, The National Academy of Theatre and Film, and the FABRICA research centre, Italy. As filmmakers, visual artists, and photographers, they work exclusively as a creative duo. They are founders of the Bulgarian Photographic Association and AGITPROP production company.