"Him and Her - Two Roles in One Play"

A 30- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of UNIFEM - TRUST FUND.

Authors: Zornitsa Gyurova and Bistra Boneva
Producer: Lyudmil Kolev
Production: 2000

The film, based on real facts, reveals the story of two women jailed in the Sliven Prison who have killed their husbands due to being subjected to domestic violence for many years. Both the women, from victims of violence became themselves perpetrators and tell, in a dramatic way, how they have taken the matter into their own hands and made the bloody murders as a result of their helplessness and fear.
The women's confessions alternate with the jail psychologist's expert opinion expose not only the psychological features of the victim but also those of the perpetrator. Without providing a definite assessment, the film reveals the myths and realities of domestic violence in Bulgaria, the traditional patriarchal stereotypes and the people's psychology which impose on the Bulgarian society a culture of silence and tolerance to domestic violence.


"Five Male/Female Issue"

30- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of UNIFEM - TRUST FUND.


Authors: Zornitsa Gyurova and Bistra Boneva
Producer: Lyudmil Kolev
Production: in the year 2001

The film's authors present five different points of view of perceiving the female and male social roles in the contemporary Bulgarian society. The gender massages suggested by advertisements, arts, theatre and religion are revealed in a dynamic and unique way.
The "male" and "female" as cultural and social categories are presented also through the prism of the children in the village of Pataleniza and the school principal who were involved in the Gender Education Program of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation in search of new and attractive methods of interpreting gender differences and needs.
The film highlights the role of NGOs and the alternative models they suggest for bringing up children in the spirit of tolerance and acknowledgement of human rights.


"The Female Energy"

30- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of UNIFEM - TRUST FUND.

Authors: Zornitsa Gyurova
Producer: Lyudmil Kolev
Production: 2001


The documentary deals with matters that at first glance seem to be of no importance. It goes back to the socialist period when the "female energy" was put to work. After this historical review in black and white, the authors focus on issues of public importance like poverty, labor market and gender aspects of the existing discrimination. The unpaid home assignments are not considered and included in the gross national product. Women entrepreneurs are only 17.8% from the total number of entrepreneurs in Bulgaria.
Women in the private sector are subjected to hidden and obvious inequality and the labor conditions and salaries are not guaranteed according to the Bulgarian Code of Labor.


"Glass Ceiling"

30- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of UNIFEM - TRUST FUND.


Authors: Zornitsa Gyurova
Producer: Lyudmil Kolev
Production: 2001


Equal participation of women in decision-making is not just a matter of moral justice and democracy. It is important not only for transparent and responsible governance but also for a balance complying with the society structure. Glass Ceiling makes a historical and social study of the Bulgarian women's fight for equal access to politics. In Bulgaria the democratization process is accompanied by pushing women out of the real power structures - a process which takes Bulgaria away from the EU standards.
Bulgaria is still among the countries in Europe that does not have functioning state mechanisms to secure real gender equality of women and men. The constitutional principle of formal equality and non-discrimination does not protect women from violation of their human rights and does not guarantee equal access to the public resources.


"Unspoken Silence"

A 52- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation realized with the support of the Democracy Commission to the Embassy of the USA in Bulgaria.

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Authors: Bistra Boneva
Producer: Agnes Filipova
Production: 2000

The sensitiveness of the Bulgarian society of violence against women and marginalized ethnic groups is still a priority of the non-governmental organizations and it is difficult to break up the conservative patriarchal stereotypes both in society and outside it. Every debate on the hidden women's discrimination in the family and outside it is perceived as a feminist whim. It is still hard for the women from ethnic groups to fight for their personal and civil autobiography. However, women do have the right to make this choice by themselves. In order to change the way the world perceives you, you should make also a personal effort, should realize the necessity to change your "I" outside the family, and should take the responsibilities and challenges required by the modern society.

The most important thing is to break up the silence and not feel guilty just because you are a woman and has taken your live in your own hands.

Only if you require this from yourself, you may require it from the others as well. The rest is hidden in the unspoken silence.