No money can buy the pleasure of lying on a meadow, all stretched out, in an improvised auditorium under the starry sky, surrounded by brand-new acquaintances who feel like longtime friends.
This year we roamed through the region of Struga and we listened to stories impossible to overhear in the concrete jungle of Skopje, stories about the unwritten rules and the beautiful coexistence between – believe it or not! – Macedonians and Albanians, about the bear that will either eat you alive or “bring you honey all year round”, about the lake and the emigration… About some unheard fishing tricks and the herds that now make for nostalgic memories. Our mouths still water when we think of all the homemade cheeses, eggs, fish soups and breads that we’ve tried.
We brought along wreaths of onion and moving pictures and instead of laurel ones, we brought back wreaths of impressions. The traveling cinema recharges one’s batteries; it is an instant dose of optimism. Living as they do, in harmony with nature, close to water, working hard, has given the locals a simple direct and points of view on life, as sharp as a knife. Cruel, too. But their eyes do sparkle…
While the Drim River flows by…
Our travel map:
12.07. – Kalishta
13.07. – Radolishta
14.07. – Oktisi
15.07. – Mislodezhda
16-19.07. – Eco-action preparations
20.07. – Tashmarunishta
21-28.07. – Eco-action on the shore of Struga Lake
21.07. – Radozhda
22.07. – Mali Vlaj
25.07. – Struga, Eco-docu-marathon
MakeDox Traveling Cinema is made possible through the support of the Macedonian Film Agency.