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The Beast is still alive


26 years after the fall of Communism a young Bulgarian opens her Grandad’s Secret Service file to unravel the past and find answers to why the Socialist idea had failed so badly in reality. The granddad, a philosopher and an anglophile had sympathized with the Socialist idea in the early 1920’s but later on, seeing the damage of the left propaganda in 1944, he had fled to the mountains to join massive opposition movement called “Goriani”. When reading the file entitled “Beast” his grand daughter realizes that the Red Beast has never left Bulgaria. In a semi-mystic dialogue with her Granddad, visualized with animated sequences she restores the collective memory of generations so far apart. While the crimes of Socialism remain unaccounted for in Bulgaria, the Socialist idea abroad has moved on.

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Our first doc "Uncle Tony" was banned in our country and our second documentary "The Beast is still alive" provoked this angry reaction from a politician:

This man is an MP and the PR of the former Communist Party, still in power in our country.

Screenings / Awards: 

Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina August 18, 2016 International Premiere


Warsaw Film Festival

Warsaw Poland October 7, 2016 Polish premiere  



Amsterdam Netherlands November 16, 2016 Dutch premiere


Trieste Film Festival

Trieste Italy January 23, 2017 Italian premiere


Göteborg Film Festival

Göteborg Sweden January 31, 2017 Swedish premiere



Zagreb Croatia February 27, 2017 Croatian premiere


Beldocs Film Festival

Belgrade Serbia May 12, 2017 Serbian premiere


Tirana International Film Festival

Tirana, Alebania, May 15, 2017, Albanian Premiere


Calcutta Cult Film Festival

Calcutta, India, July 10, 2017

AWARD: Best Documentary of the month


Manaki brother

Bitola, Macedonia, September 26, 2017, Macedonian premiere


Aegean Docs

Mytlini, Greece, October 2, 2017, Greek premeire


AWARD: Best Documentary

Directed by: 
Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova
Writing credits: 
Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova
Vesela Kazakova, Rousy Chanev
Produced by: 
Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova
Music by: 
Emilian Gatsov - Elbi
Cinematography by: 
Allie Crawford, Plamen Gelinov, Dimitar Kostov,
Film Editing by: 
Donka Ivanova
Release Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2016
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