Branko Gapo

Branko Gapo – Vreme, vodi AKA Times, Waters (1980)

The life and times of Petar Chushko and his fellow peasants from the village Sushevo (Droughtville) are inextricably linked to the scarcity of their water supply. With the blessing of their priest, the villagers of Sushevo change the course of the local river and steal the waters of the neighboring village Kamenovo (Stoneville). A fight breaks out between the villages, their priests included. The peasants are brought before a judge for disturbance of the peace. The judge is corrupt enough to pronounce a verdict in favor of those who are prepared to pay more, so the water goes to Kamenovo. Meanwhile, there is no water at all in Sushevo and the villagers refuse to pay the water tax in protest. Read More »

Branko Gapo – Makedonska saga AKA A Macedonian Saga (1993)

The arrival of a young teacher, Damjan, in a Western Macedonian village disturbs the everyday routine of its multi-confessional residents. He is different from previous village teachers in many aspects. His youth, his life-style and his way with the students rouse the curiosity of the villagers. As a result, he becomes a welcome guest in many a village house. In one of them lives Dzemile, the very first girl he sees in the village and the sister of his newfound friend. He is attracted by the beautiful girl and begins to flirt with her, perhaps carelessly at first, disregarding the deeply patriarchal surrounding. A star-crossed love is born, doomed from the start. Their different religions do not spell a happy ending for the love affair, which is soon out in the open. Read More »

Branko Gapo – Najdolgiot pat AKA The Longest Journey (1976)

Content:
March 1903. The Ottoman Empire is in a process disintegration. Only Macedonia is not still liberated in the Balkans. The Macedonian revolutionary movement is in full growth. The Turks are trying to keep their last bastion in Europe. The Macedonian people are being exposed to the most severe oppressions as it is due to the revenge of the Turks for supporting and protecting the komitadji (komita – a local guerilla freedom-fighter). In such a case the Turks besiege a village where were a weeding ceremony is taking place. They shoot at the peasants, round them up and most of them are being taken away. The groom is among them. More than two hundred people are taken prisoner in the fortress. Read More »

Branko Gapo – Denovi na iskusenie AKA Days of Temptation (1965)

In 1918, after the Balkan Wars and the First World War, thousands of Macedonians immigrate to Bulgaria. Among them are pro-Bulgarian Macedonians who want to exploit the emigrants for their own political agenda. Infighting in the revolutionary organization VMRO leads to the assassination of a number of Macedonian freedom fighters. The victim of one such assassination in Sofia is Gjorche Petrov, a hero of the Macedonian revolutionary movement. He is killed by a young boy who is not aware he is assassinating one of the last true fighters for Macedonian freedom. The realization that he has become unwittingly involved with the pro-Bulgarian organization and was used to execute this vile act is a death sentence for the young boy. The story revolves around the psychic condition of the young assassin who becomes easy prey to the intrigues woven around him until the final moment – his death. Read More »