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The East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute is pleased to present a virtual screening of the 2017 Bulgarian film?Directions?(Posoki) and a discussion with?director?Stephan Komandarev?in conversation with?Rossen Djagalov?(New York University)?and ECEC co-directors?Aleksandar Bo?kovi??and?Christopher Harwood.
Directions?is a road movie set in present day Bulgaria, a country that remains optimistic, mainly because all the realists and pessimists have left.
At a meeting with his banker, a small business owner?who drives a taxi to make ends meet, discovers that the bribe he will have to pay to get a loan has doubled. He wants to remain an honest man. The ethics board that reviewed his complaint about extortion now also wants its share of the action. In desperate anger, he shoots the banker and then himself. The incident sparks a major national debate on talk radio about how despair has taken over civil society. Meanwhile, five taxi drivers and their passengers move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward—a new direction.