Since the collapse of the Communist regime in 1989, Bulgaria has experienced the most extreme population decline in the world. Low birth rates, high death rates, and two large waves of emigration have erased villages from Bulgaria’s map and pushed others to the verge of extinction. The film explores life in one of Bulgaria’s disappearing villages, haunted by the promises of both Communism and capitalism.
Kay Hannahan is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in New York City. She has spent years making films in Bulgaria, where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her short films "Altimir" and Yordan have screened at venues around the world including Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, American Documentary Festival, Crane Arts, and Ethnografilm. Kay holds an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Anthropology from Concordia University Montreal. She was recently awarded Black Maria's Global Insights Award and was a Flaherty fellow in 2014. She enjoys almond croissants, news programs, and fine Bulgarian moonshine – in no particular order.
Selected: Altimir (2016)