Shadows of Sofia

2019

Documentary

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IMDb Rating 5.4 10 280

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English 2.0
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1 hr 58 min
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Reviewed by ivankra 4 / 10

Biased documentary

Documentary films, by their nature, reflect to some extent the views of their creators and the best of them point this out and are very careful to separate fact from fiction, historical events from speculation. This is not the case in this documentary and I think it was made mostly with entertainment purposes, rather than really uncovering something substantial. A lot of the stated "facts" have not been proven and events are distorted for the purposes of manipulation or plain entertainment value. I will give just one example: in the beginning it is briefly stated that Tsar Boris III is poisoned by Hitler - this an absolute, unproven speculation, a conspiracy theory, and I think does not make much sense in view of the historical events at the time (1943). Maybe he was poisoned - but who did it? The Soviets had a much better motive to poison him - right after he visited Germany - to seem so that the Tsar died poisoned by Hitler... Who poisoned him? I have no idea...but I guess the Mr.. Booth is so certain that he does not see the need to elaborate and simply states unproven fiction as fact. There are many more such distortions of facts surrounding also the current events, and overall the movie feels like a dramatization of a conspiracy theory, taking too much for granted, giving a very shallow overview of events, taking into account only the suitable viewpoints. The good guy in the end is the banker Tsvetan Vasilev - REALLY!? This is absolutely ridiculous. Fat, ugly mobster-politicians are, according to Booth, the very obvious evil doers, but are they really at the bottom of it all? Common sense tells me that this is never the case. It is true that Bulgaria is a battleground of foreign interests, but this battle is much more intricate than shown in this documentary. It is true that the Russians have a major influence (you'd be surprised if they didn't), but so do other forces. I would advise viewers (especially foreign - because most Bulgarians will see through the manipulations), to be careful and to read more, if they are really curious. If not - watch this as entertainment, as its purpose seems to be. And lastly - I was really impressed by the statement of the naive Bulgarian lady at the the end of the movie, who said that she was awaiting for the moment when our country will rid itself of corruption and "America will come to Bulgaria". Oh, REALLY!? This is so sweet. Americans to the rescue! Please RESCUE US, like you rescued Libya, half the Islamic world and Latin America. Come on, Americans, come and make us a prosperous country, where everyone has a laptop, so that we can watch your movies!

Reviewed by greyswondir 1 / 10

Amateur

A ridiculous 'documentary' and sadly not because some of the stuff is not real but because of the exaggerations, misleading drama effects, simply changing the words people are saying /in the english subtitles/ with whatever the author felt would underline his point, showing some stuff from the news that happened years ago and aligning it with his current time frame of the movie, etc, etc, etc. Shame on you mr. Booth. I dont know who funds you but a journalist student would produce a better movie. Instead of making a real documentary on this problem this stupid amateur propaganda video shootout is serving exactly the same people that it goes against. Especially funny is the end where the generous big white father from Washington /or Texas in this case/ comes back to the gypsy hustler who put some sign from the trash, put a few snacks on the windows of his own house and pretends there is a coffee shop. I dont know if the filming crew staged this or just got fooled but in any case it was the well deserved ending of this so called 'documentary'

Reviewed by mtrifonov 3 / 10

So ridiculous that it's entertaining

Being a Bulgarian I can say I enjoyed this movie (I can't say it is documentary as it does not present any facts but some not-so-randomly selected people opinions) so I consider it as entertaining. My favorite and (one of the fannies moments) is when when the author says: "Sunny Beach... people come for cheap counterfeit Russian liquor.." I understand that according to the author we (Bulgarians) are intellectually decapitated people living in ghettos but still couldn't we at least get the credit for producing our own fake alcohol. Should he give even the fake alcohol to the Russians? Really? No point in commenting on other topics the movie is covering. Most of the stuff is either not true or twisted in a strange way. I recommend it to all Bulgarians. Everybody have to watch it and try not to get angry or irritated. It's a good exercise for mental stability.

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