MY GYPSY ROAD, Bulgaria 2020, 27’

My Gypsy Road

Screening (Online) from: Thursday, 19/11/2020 | 20:00
Q&A (Online) from: Thursday, 19/11/2020 | 21:30


Vilma Kartalska, 27′, Bulgaria 2020

Original version with English subtitles

Roma culture is usually associated with music, dance and songs. But what happens when a Roma girl decides to become an actress in Bulgaria? She creates a precedent.

MY GYPSY ROAD is a documentary film about the path of the first Roma actress officially graduated in Bulgaria – Natalia Tsekova. It talks about her dreams, hopes and battles. While touring the country with her spectacle ‘Gypsy Wheels’ in the old car of her godfather Valio, we get to knowthe world of Natalia’s thoughts.

Between her encounters with the audience, the work, and the simple joys in life, Natalia reveals the secret behind her unusual choice of profession. Complemented by the stories of her acting coach Prof. Zdravko Mitkov, her family, the playwright Zdrava Kamenova and her friends.

We will see Natalia performing at the ghetto and as a mediator at a ‘Gypsy school’. She will make us witnesses how people like her can keep the Roma kids in the classrooms – the actress’s personal cause.

The colourful episodes roll one after another like the towns along the way, building the image of Natalia, while she writes her personal story.


Vilma Kartalska

Teodor Penchev, Ivaylo Hristov, Elitsa Stefanova, Stoyan Annov

Yoveta Panda

Editing assistant
Donka Ivanova, Monika Spasova

Color grading
Yoveta Panda

Stoyan Annov, Javad Daneshvar

Audio post-production
Valeria Krachunova-Popova

First assistant director
Polina Horobets

Assistant producer
Patricia Georgieva

Vilma Kartalska, Javad Daneshvar


Film team:
  • Vilma Kartalska
  • Vilma Kartalska
  • Vilma Kartalska finished her acting studies at Theatre College ‘Luben Groys’. Since 2012 she has worked as a producer, director and scriptwriter in the field of short films and theatre. Her first three projects won multiple international awards. In 2015 she founded the production company ‘Raiza Vilm Productions’ Ltd. At the moment she is completing ...

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