Regaining the face

‘Regaining the face’ is an experimental documentary by Pance Prendzov which explores the rebuilding of Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, 80% of which was destroyed by the July 1963 earthquake.


Pance Prendzov’s film explores the crisis faced by those trapped in the largest earthquake in Skopje, which occurred on July 26, 1963. The earthquake killed over 1,070 people, injured between 3,000 and 4,000, and left more than 200,000 people homeless. About 80 percent of the city was destroyed.

The film is a visual representation of the period after the earthquake, how Skopje was rebuilt and how Skopje and its citizens overcame the crisis.

The film is part of the BBB (Balkan Beyond Borders) Workshop, “Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Crisis”. The film was shot in tree days by all of the participants in the project.

Balkans Beyond Borders is celebrating its first two years of operations in the Balkans with a special FILM/MUSIC event, which will take place in Belgrade at 7.30pm on 6th April in Cultural Center REX. Entitled “Let’s talk about last year’s big bad crises”, the event is inspired by last year’s short film festival.

The projected films – which are selected by the well-known director, Kyriakos Chatzimichailidis, and the BBB team – are from the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival 2011 and the Film Making Workshops 2011, entitled “Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Crises?”.

By watching the films, the audience will discover aspects of the region’s contemporary culture and perceptions.

‘Regaining the face’ is presented as part of TransConflict’s TransCulture initiative, which showcases efforts to explore and transcend conflict in the Balkans through a variety of cultural means.



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