Interview with Dina Duma, director: I am the third director to make a feature film in Macedonia

Photo: Private archive

Public reactions to the first feature film by Macedonian director Dina Duma entitled "Sisters", which was selected to be the Macedonian representative for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2022 by the Association of Film Workers in Macedonia, have not abated.

Dina Duma graduated in film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje in 2014, and in 2016 participated in the prestigious youth workshop "Berlinale Talents".

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Moments from the shooting of the movie "Sisters" / Photo: Private archive

Behind him are several short films such as "Elena" (2016), "They come from the center of the world" (2017) and "Without love" (2018). The film "Sisters" is her debut feature film, which premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the East of the West competition program, where in addition to winning sympathy, it also won a special award from the jury.

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Dina Duma receives special award from jury at Karlovy Vary Film Festival / Photo: Private archive

Two women pull the main strings in the realization of the film, you as a director, and Marija Dimitrova as a producer. Considering that there are very few women directors and producers in Macedonia, is it finally time for women to express themselves in the main positions in creating a film? What was your experience?

- I sincerely hope that the Film Agency will continue to support more and more directors and producers. I am the third director to make a feature film in our country and I sincerely hope that this number will change and grow. There is a tendency to show that women are equally represented in the film industry worldwide, but this is absolutely not the case. It is easy to make the illusion that it is different, by showing isolated cases, but you have to look at the statistics, and it says that there is no gender balance in the film industry, the ratio is 20 to 80%.

In our country, women are not present in the public sphere of society, but they are not present in the author positions in the film industry either. Changes in a young society like ours are not happening fast. The fact that the film agency finances films by women authors shows that things are starting to change.

 

How did you feel when you found out that your first film, "Sisters", is the Macedonian representative for the Oscars?

- It was a pleasant surprise when I found out that the commission decided "Sisters" to be a representative for the Oscars, it was unexpected for me.

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Part of the atmosphere of the shooting of the movie "Sisters" / Photo: Private archive
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Actresses Antonia and Mia with Dina Duma / Photo: Private archive

What is the last Macedonian film that left an impression on you?

- "Honey Land".

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Moments from the shooting of the movie "Sisters" / Photo: Private archive

What are your expectations for the competitive race for the Oscars?

- I hope that the film and the team that worked on the film will get even more visibility.

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Part of the film crew / Photo: Private archive

When will the Skopje audience be able to watch the film?

- The Skopje audience will be able to see the film in December when the cinema distribution will start in the Skopje cinemas.

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