A Month in the Life of Ephtim D.

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1999 / 56 minutes

Directed by
Antonii Dontchev
Anthropologist
Country of production
Bulgaria

Ephtim D., 73 years old, is a retired postman. He lives in Sofia with his wife Ghinka in a three room suburban apartment. As a socialist he feels confused by the ‘crazy’ democracy and the uncertainties of the transition period. The couple’s combined pensions amount to $66.00. Ephtim experiences constant difficulties in balancing the family budget. Free medical care and lunches at a subsidised canteen are essential to his survival strategy. This portrait of a Bulgarian pensioner is presented in the context of a global hopelessness and a clearly felt nostalgia for the communist past.

Language and subtitles
English with English Subtitles
Location(s) depicted
Sofia
Region
South-East Europe
Country
Bulgaria
Keywords
Health / Health care / Healing Post-communism Socioeconomic conditions