28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism
The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism
The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism
The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism
The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism

The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism

director: Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
original title: The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism
country: Bulgaria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia
year: 2021
running time: 93 min.


This humorous documentary takes us back to the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, when the car was considered not only a small miracle and a key symbol of technological progress, but also a means of fighting the imperialist class enemy, while paradoxically representing an almost unattainable social status. However, the journey of people who were able to choose their dream car even from the small handful of available socialist brands and wanted to step towards a better tomorrow was often tortuous and lasted for decades. This nostalgia-soaked film odyssey, composed of several autobiographies of Trabant lovers and Muscovites for whom the car means more than a means of transport, presents a fascinating automotive history and the hardships of the socialist era.

“We are quite interested in the psychological reasons of the people’s attachment to these cars that is going on even today. It is a strange form of nostalgia - not so much for the Socialism or the youth, but for a time when a vehicle was reparable with your own hands and a few simple instruments. Most of the drivers had to learn the guts of their cars, if they wanted to have a moving vehicle - and knowing your car from the inside created a much stronger bond between the man and the machine.”

Source: http://www.agitprop.bg/?fbclid=IwAR3saJ0PCSaA-x2D4Fbb6U4PZn_7X8JnXPAFggLfWe-ixAxDdeX_HS9qEL0#/works/WATCH


Bulgarian filmmakers, cinematographers, and producers Boris Missirkov (* 1971) and Georgi Bogdanov (* 1971) are a creative duo who also work in photography and visual arts. They both graduated from the National Lyceum of Ancient Languages and Cultures, the National Academy of Theatre and Film, and studied at the FABRICA Research Centre. They are the founders of the Bulgarian Photographic Association and the production company AGITPROP. Their work can best be described as creative documentary.

more about film

director: Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
producer: Martichka Bozhilova
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas