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February 27, 2009

Award-winning Bulgarian independent filmmaker Adela Peeva will hold a public screening of her film, “Whose is this Song?” followed by commentary by Peeva exploring cultural conflict over a song. There will also be a question and answer session with visiting theatre arts Fulbright Scholar Arben Kumbaro following the screening.

The screening takes place Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Bobet Hall, Room 332, located on Loyola’s main campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

According to Peeva, the film seeks the true origins of a haunting melody, as Peeva travels and explores cultural differences in Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria.

Her trip is filled with humor, suspense, tragedy and surprise as each country’s citizens passionately claim the song to be their own and can even furnish elaborate histories for its origins. The tune emerges each time in different forms such as a love song, a religious hymn, a revolutionary anthem and even a military march.

“The powerful emotions and stubborn nationalism raised by one song seems, at times, comical and other times eerily telling. In a region besieged by ethnic hatred and war, what begins as a light-hearted investigation ends as a sociological and historical exploration of the deep misunderstandings between the people of the Balkans,” said Peeva.

“Whose is this Song?” has been recognized with several awards and nominations including the European Film Academy Award nominee for Best Film in 2003, the Gibson Impact of Music Award, an appearance in the Nashville Film Festival in 2004 and more than 15 other national and international prizes and awards.

The screening is co-sponsored by the Department of English and Film Studies and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Support was also provided by a grant from the Biever Guest Lecturers committee.

For more information, contact Peggy McCormack, professor of English, at cormack@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2473.

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