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10:00, Thursday 28th June, Bragg

Director: Sonja Rizoska Jovanovskà, Ivo Kuzmanic (Macedonia)

Year: 2006

Run time: 28'

Location/Ethnic group: Prilep, Macedonia/ Macedonians

Language: In Macedonian with English subtitles

Production/Distribution: MACRO Production

The Prilep Bear Men

This film shows how the people of the village of Prilep strive to preserve a traditional ritual procession in which local butchers, all male, dress up in bear masks and costumes and parade through the town. This procession is regarded as the only way to keep evil out of the town and is therefore considered essential to allow life to be lived normally. The film reveals how the procession raises a broad range of issues about the relationship between generations, the relationship between men and women, and about political obstacles and prohibitions The Prilep Bear Men procession is the only example in Macedonia which is not just accepted by the younger generation but continued with great respect and pleasure.