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The town of Badante women – Argo Film

The town of Badante women




November 18, 2016


Year of production: 2009
Category: documentary film
Length: 70 minutes
Director: Stephan Komandarev
Writer: Diana Ivanova
Production: Argo Film (Bulgaria)
Producer: Stephan Komandarev
Supported by: Bulgarian National Film Center and YLE (Finland)


2010: Dokufest (Kosovo)
2010: Internazionale a Ferrara Festival (Italy)
2010: Bratislava IFF (Slovakia)

A town without women. The men look after the children, cook, do the washing and… wait for money from their
wives who work abroad. The Bulgarian town of Varshets is the site of a staggering social experiment. Many of its women work as “badante” in Italy, taking care of the old and the sick. The social structure of Varshets is changing and the transformations – some dramatic, others humorous – are everywhere: in the pubs, in the families, in the local brass band… And at the bus station, where once a year the women arrive for holidays.

“The Town of Badante Women” is a film about the new realities in today’s Europe. It tells the story of a small town in northwestern Bulgaria transformed through the role its women play on the growing market for care giving services across the continent.


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