The story of a Bulgarian bear owner

The Roma tradition of making a living on dancing bears has gone from father to son for more than a thousand 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.

Production facts

Language: Bulgarian
Subtitles: English 

Shooting format: s-16mm, colour
Final format: DigiBeta
Duration: 29 minutes
Director and camera: Albin Biblom
Sound: Svetoslav Stefanov Dimov
Editor: Thomas Lagerman

Sound mix: Anders Nyström,
Translation: Bo Lundgren,
Producers: Göran Olsson and Jenny Örnborn
Production company: Story AB
Supported by: Hjalmar Palmgren, Swedish Film Institute and Joakim Strand, Film i Skåne