The Seamstresses

Original Format:  HDV

Year of Released:  2010

Running Time:  30 min.

Director:  Biljana Garvanlieva

Producer:  Ognen Antov, Christian Beetz

Screen Writer:  Biljana Garvanlieva

Director of Photography:  Dimo Popov

Music:  Robert Rabenalt

Principal Cast:  Eriela Mitreva, Vesna Zdravkovska, Kole Patrakliski, Suzana Stojanova

Brief Synopsis:
This is a Story about the seamstresses in small town of Shtip in Macedonia. The seamstresses in Macedonia are the Cinderella’s of a globalised world.The textile industry is flourishing there. They attend to their most loyal customers like Benetton, Versace, H&M, and do so even faster than Chinese competition. A seamstress has to sew 120 shirts a day. If she wants to buy one of her shirts at Benetton, she would have to work hard for a month. There is full employment among the women of Strip, but men there are unemployed. The Seamstresses shows female gaze onto the consequences of globalization in a country that still has no “new men”.


  • Grand prix “Heart of Sarajevo” for Best Documentary – Saraјevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
  • Festivals:
  • Divan Film Festival, Romania, 2013
  • Balkan Film Festival, Odense, Denmark, 2011
  • European Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania, 2011
  • FIPA Biarritz-International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, 2010
  • International documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, the Czech Republic
  • Slobodna Zona – International Documentary Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, 2010
  • Montenegro International Film Festival, Herceg Novi
  • International Women’s Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany
  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany
  • Dokumentarist – International Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
  • International Documentary Film Festival, Munich, Germany
Production Companies:

Dream Factory

Macedonia Address: 13 Noemvri

5/8 1000 Skopje, Macedonia

Tel: +389 2 3111125

Fax: +389 70 255888

Gebreuder Beetz

Germany Im

Mediapark 6a 50670 Köln, Germany