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THE DRESSMAKER

Directed by Elka Nikolova
Produced by Elka Nikolova
Three generations of Sephardic Jewish women looking for answers into the family's complex history.
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Overview

Genre
History, Politics, Human Rights, Docu-Drama, and Foreign Worlds
Synopsis

The Dressmaker unfolds across three generations of women with Sephardic Jewish roots in Bulgaria and Greece, two countries with longstanding animosity. During WWII Bulgaria became an ally to Germany, and occupied Northern Greece where many Sephardic Jews lived. When Bulgarian Jews were placed in ad-hoc ghettos in 1943, Stella Mashiah took her sewing machine with her. Her sewing skills helped her get through the war, and she became known among her friends as The Dressmaker. Soon after, she met and fell in love with Carlo, a Greek Jew, bringing into their daily lives the conflict that seized those two communities: Under public pressure, Bulgarian authorities had saved their own country’s Jews, but deported the Greek Jews of the occupied territories. Carlo was among the few who survived, although he lost most of his family. Today, at 92, Stella along with her daughter Shirley and granddaughter Estee seek answers into the family’s complex, unresolved history, after 70 years of silence.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
in production
Running time
-70 minutes

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Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
2015-2017
Locations
New York, Sofia, Bulgaria, Drama, Greece, Treblinka, Poland and Israel
Prod. Partners
IFP, Inc. Fiscal Sponsor

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Language
English, Bulgarian, Greek, Ladino

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