Since the onset of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, there are over 6 million Syrian refugees that are internationally displaced around the globe. Of all the countries who have opened their borders to refugees, Turkey has took in the most. Tonislav Hristov’s new documentary “The Good Postman” is set in a small Bulgarian village that faces the Turkish border and has been resisting foreign invaders since the Roman empire. Now, The Great Gate, as the village has been called for centuries, has found itself in the middle of a crisis since asylum seekers sneak across the border causing fear amongst the populace. But the postman Ivan has a new vision: Welcome the refugees and help bring life to the dying village. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
This is Hristov’s fifth documentary. His feature debut “Rules of Single Life” screened at a variety of film festival. His next feature “Soul Food Stories” was nominated for Best Mid-Length Documentary at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival in 2013. His film “Love and Engineering” screened at New York’s Tribeca and Toronto’s Hot Docs, and won the Audience Award at Doc Point, Helsinki. His previous documentary “Once Upon a Dream – A Journey to the Last Spaghetti Western” premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
“The Good Postman” will have its world premiere on Saturday, November 19, at 3:45 p.m. at Munt 11 as part of the IDFA. It will also screen at these additional times: Tuesday, November 22 at 9:15 p.m. at Tuschinski 5; Wednesday, November 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Tuschinski 4; Friday, November 25 at 11:45 p.m. at EYE Cinema 1; and Saturday, November 26 at 2:45 p.m. at Munt 9.