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Mechkar – the Story of a Bulgarian Bear Owner (0+)

Sweden, 2006, colour, 28 min.
Director: Albin Biblom
The Roma tradition of making a living on dancing bears has gone from father to son for more than a thousands years. In 2000 the animal rights organizations Vier Pfoten and the Brigitte Bardot Foundation decided to end this tradition in Bulgaria. Stefan Dimov Ivanov is one of the last 'mechkar', a profession that is now coming to an end. This film tells the story about him and his companion Stefka, the bear, during their last days together. Shot on 16mm this film and the drama comes across with a strong cinmatic force.

Albin Biblom

Albin Biblom

born in 1975, Sweden. Studied at the International School of Photo, NY as well as Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Has worked mostly with photographic projects dealing with zoos and natura history museums.

FILMOGRAPHY

Director of Photography on the documentary «Three Poems by Spoon Jackson».
Sweden, 2006, colour, 28 min.
Director: Albin Biblom
The Roma tradition of making a living on dancing bears has gone from father to son for more than a thousands years. In 2000 the animal rights organizations Vier Pfoten and the Brigitte Bardot Foundation decided to end this tradition in Bulgaria. Stefan Dimov Ivanov is one of the last 'mechkar', a profession that is now coming to an end. This film tells the story about him and his companion Stefka, the bear, during their last days together. Shot on 16mm this film and the drama comes across with a strong cinmatic force.