Botev the Idiot


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Deyan Bararev – Bulgaria – 2012 – 9 min – Short Fiction

The film prompts us to think about nationalisms and about the today’s youth – aren’t these young people in Europe who have to find their ways around the national constellations? Do they have a voice in Europe, or in their national states? Do they make use of their right to speak? The film can be interpreted at different levels: does the teacher represent the national elites who do not want to accept critical positions? Is the pupil naïve, idealistic, perhaps even a bit funny to us? If so, who are the idealists nowadays, if not the youth?


Der Film regt an, über die Nationalismen und über die Jugend nachzudenken – sind nicht gerade die jungen Menschen in Europa diejenigen, die mit diesen nationalen Konstellationen nichts anzufangen wissen? Was ist deren Stimme in Europa, oder in den Nationalstaat, haben sie eine? Nutzen sie das Recht, ihre Meinung zu äußern? Der Film kann auf mehreren Ebenen interpretiert werden – repräsentiert die Lehrerin die nationalen Eliten, die keine kritischen Äußerungen zulassen wollen? Ist der Schuler naiv oder idealistisch, lächerlich sogar? Wenn ja, wo sind denn heute noch Idealisten, wenn der Jugend alles egal ist?


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The ability to think like that is always a joy to behold

A few years ago I’d have to pay someone for this information.

This is the perfect way to break down this information.

You’re a real deep thinker. Thanks for sharing.

It’s a pleasure to find such rationality in an answer. Welcome to the debate.

Such an impressive answer! You’ve beaten us all with that!

Surprising to think of something like that

Awesome you should think of something like that

I’ve eaten both Gambian and Senegalese food at various reurastants (they’re quite similar for obvious geographic reasons). It’s quite tasty and simple heavy on rice and peanuts. The seafood stuff can be quite different and interesting. I do prefer the peanut sauce to be spicy, but in the Senegalese version at least, that’s not always the case which for me destroys the dish! I dined this November in a strange very small Senegalese restaurant in Paris. It was a band night were various Senegalese musicians performed in the very small place. All singers was backed by two guys who played seemingly endless solos on some African string instrument and percussion. People were extremely friendly, asking our party where we were from, talking a lot, filming and taking pictures of us together with the restaurant management.When we were going to leave after plenty of delicious food, plenty of rum cocktails and wine. We were practically forced to dance by the singers. As we danced by the non-existent stage all the people in the restaurant cheered and yelled. As they knew we were from Sweden they started to yell: Vive la Sue9de! Long live Sweden! as we exited the restaurant. Quite a happy moment, as we sat down at a late night Parisian cafe9 for another order of drinks, even the allure of the city that never sleeps was feeling quite bleak!

Until I found this I thghout I’d have to spend the day inside.


Primitiv und plakativ. Wie ein Wahlwerbespot für undefinierbare Kleinparteien, egal ob links oder rechts.
Die armen Schauspieler! Solche Texte könnten nur in einer Parteiversammlung gut funktionieren, die kann man nicht normal aussprechen, ohne dass sie gekünstelt wirken.
Ja, Botev ist einer der besten Dichter Bulgariens, leider geht es bei solchen “Diskussionen” nie um Poesie. Oder vielleicht – Gott sei Dank! Denn um über Poesie sprechen zu können, müsste man intelligenter sein oder wenigstens paar Gedichte gelesen haben.


Yes, and I like immensly the subtle track of lasting admiration in that boy. A nicly concise short and finally optimistic pic of the bulgarian youth. I do like the film a lot!

Hanno Schmied

is ja in einer einzigen Einstellung gedreht!

Claudia Kharein

So, true: Hristo Botyov (1848 – 1876) was a Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary. Botev is widely considered by Bulgarians to be a symbolic historical figure and national hero.

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