The Seamstresses

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Running Time:
30 min.
Biljana Garvanlieva
Ognen Antov, Christian Beetz
Screen Writer:
Biljana Garvanlieva
Director of Photography:
Dimo Popov
Robert Rabenalt
Principal Cast:
Eriela Mitreva, Vesna Zdravkovska, Kole Patrakliski, Suzana Stojanova
Brief Synopsis:
This is a Story about the seamstresses in small town of Shtip in Macedonia. The seamstresses in Macedonia are the Cinderella’s of a globalised world.The textile industry is flourishing there. They attend to their most loyal customers like Benetton, Versace, H&M, and do so even faster than Chinese competition. A seamstress has to sew 120 shirts a day. If she wants to buy one of her shirts at Benetton, she would have to work hard for a month. There is full employment among the women of Strip, but men there are unemployed. The Seamstresses shows female gaze onto the consequences of globalization in a country that still has no “new men”.


Grand prix "Heart of Sarajevo" for Best Documentary - Saraјevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010


Divan Film Festival, Romania, 2013

Balkan Film Festival, Odense, Denmark, 2011

European Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania, 2011

FIPA Biarritz-International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, 2010

International documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, the Czech Republic

Slobodna Zona - International Documentary Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, 2010

Montenegro International Film Festival, Herceg Novi

International Women's Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany

Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany

Dokumentarist - International Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

International Documentary Film Festival, Munich, Germany

Production Companies:
Dream Factory Macedonia
Address: 13 Noemvri 5/8 
1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Tel: +389 2 3111125
Fax: +389 70 255888

Gebreuder Beetz Germany
Im Mediapark 6a
50670 Köln, Germany