Whose Is This Song? / Чия е тази песен? (Bulgaria, 2003)

directed by Adela Peeva, documentary, 70 min, eng subtitles
written by Adela Peeva

In her search for the origins of a haunting melody, filmmaker Adela Peeva travels to Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria. The trip is filled with funny moments, suspense, tragedy and surprise as each country's citizens passionately claim the song to be their own and even furnish elaborate histories explaning its orgins.

The tune emerges again and again in different forms: as a love song, a religious hymn, a revolutionary anthem, and even a military march. Various communities use it as a symbol of their identity; some perceive the melody as a link to the other community, while others interpret the different text and context as a barrier against them. The powerful emotions and stubborn nationalism raised by one song seem at times comical and at others eerily telling. In a region besieged by ethnic hatred and war, what begins as a light-hearted investigation ends as a sociological and historical exploration of the deep misunderstandings between the people of the Balkans.

Awards:
Nominated by the European Film Academy for "Best Documentary 2003" - Prix ARTE
"Golden Rython" National Documentary Film Festival 2003 (Special Prize of the Jury)
"Golden Chest" International TV Film Festival 2003 (Special Prize of the Jury)
Mumbai IFF 2004 ("Silver Conch" Prize and FIPRESCI Award)
Ethnographic Film Festival, Paris 2004 (Prix Bartók Award)
Nashville FF 2004 ("Gibson Impact of Music" Award)
Motovun IFF, Croatia 2004 (Special Prize of the Jury)
"Crossroad Europe" International Documentary Film Festival in Lublin, Poland 2005 (Second Award and Award of the Student Jury)
"Golden Knight" IFF, Russia 2005 (Silver Knight Award)
Documentary & Short Film Festival Prizren, Kosova 2006 (Human Rights and Respect of Diversity Award)
Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival 2006 (The Best Film and Award for Innovation)
"Roving Eye" Documentary Film Festival in Providence, USA 2007 (Audience Award)