Whose is this song?
"The powerful emotions and stubborn nationalism raised by one song seem at times comical and othertimes, eerily telling..."
Genre: Documentary, Music
Release Year: 2003
Duration: 70 minutes
Directed by: Adela Peeva
Screenplay by: Adela Peeva
Produced by: Slobodan Milovanovic
In her search for the true origins of a haunting melody, the filmmaker travels to Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria. The trip is filled with humour, suspense, tragedy and surprise as each country's citizens passionately claim the song to be their own and can even furnish elaborate histories for its origins.
The tune emerges again and again in different forms: as a love song, a religious hymn, a revolutionary anthem, and even a military march. The powerful emotions and stubborn nationalism raised by one song seem at times comical and at other times, eerily telling. In a region besieged by ethnic hatred and war, what begins as a light-hearted investigation ends as a sociological and historical exploration of the deep misunderstandings between the people of the Balkans.