Ljupcho Temelkovski
Macedonia/Germany, 2015


Original version with English subtitles


MARGINA is an intimate insight into the life of the family of Menan, that lives at the edge of European society in Macedonia. This documentary presents a poignant connection between an individual story and the global structures of injustice, exploitation and racism, forcing many people to flee their homes. Without overt pathos, the film shows everyday family-life, marked by social marginalization, racist discrimination and economic hardship. Like many Roma of the region, the family is forced to make a living by cutting firewood for their non-Roma neighborhood. Many scenes are not easy to endure due to the structural, and often unconscious, verbal violence. In search for a better life, the family decides to try to make their way to Germany, in order to seek asylum and spend the winter there.


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Ljupcho Temelkovski was born in 1979 in Macedonia. He has completed his education in the field of photography, video art, narrative film and generative art. He received a scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation for his social engagement through his projects. His works have been shown in various national and international art festivals and venues. Since 2016 he has also been working as a social worker, helping Romani families from south-eastern Europe.


Director: Ljupcho Temelkovski
Script: Ljupcho Temelkovski
Cinematography: Ljupcho Temelkovski
Sound: Aleksandar Kovachevski
Editing: Mechthild Barth, Ljupcho Temelkovski
Cast: Menan Rapovski, Djeljan Abduramanova, Bajram Ajredinov, Armin Ajredinov, Djenifa Musa, Rezmie Rapovska
Production: Ljupcho Temelkovski & UdK Berlin


SATURDAY, 21:00, followed by a Q&A with the director