A Children’s Odyssee

I recently shot Bogdan Darev’s first feature film, Хармония (Harmonia). This was my second collaboration with the Bulgarian director, his metaphorical short film,  Слушай (Listen), which explored themes of social oppression, was the first.  Harmonia dives into similar waters, focusing on a brother and sister and their journey from the oppression of a modern educational system into a world of awakening.

Darev writes, “What happens when we dare to forget about the social status quo, imposed vices, vanity and stereotypes and just be? When we dare to experience the world the way children see it?  Without preconceptions and common division by labeling. To acknowledge how kids avoid and debunk the rules through touch and play, through dance and genuine curiosity. Why are their minds so tranquil and independent and why do our adult minds become so rational that we lose touch with spontaneity, the joys of discovery and life itself?”

The film is still in the workshop, but enjoy these frame grabs. And check out the full short film Слушай (Listen).