THE GOOD POSTMAN

2006, 82 minutes

A quiet Bulgarian community on the Turkish border finds itself in the middle of a European crisis. This otherwise unremarkable village has become an important loophole for asylum seekers making their way through Europe. But Ivan, the local postman, has a vision. He decides to run for mayor and campaigns to bring life to the aging and increasingly deserted village by welcoming the refugees and their families. While some of his neighbours support the idea, it meets with resistance from others, who want to make sure the border stays shut. With surprising warmth, humour, and humanity, The Good Postman provides valuable insight into the root of this timely and internationally relevant discussion. To get a copy please contact Nelli Stavropoulou at movingworldsfilms@gmail.com. Please cite ‘Moving Worlds, special Refugee Week’ package in your email so you can pay the discounted screening fee of £50. Don’t forget to check out our complimentary post-screening conversation questions to help navigate public conversations.

 

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Best Documentary award at Burgas International Film Festival, 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Best Documentary Film at the Third Valletta Film Festival, 2017 Justice Matters Award – Honourable Mention at Washington International Film Festival, 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Objectif d’or – Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, 2016

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Observatorio Balcani e Caucaso Award – Trieste Film Festival, 2016

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Youth Jury Prize – FIFDH, 2016

HONOURABLE MENTION- Let’s CEE Festival, 2017SPECIAL PRIZE– Tampere Film Festival, 2017

 

POST-SCREENING CONVERSATION QUESTIONS

  1. Despite being a refugee crisis film there are no central ‘refugee’ characters. What does such a filmic choice accomplish?
  2. Screenwriter Lubomir Tsvetkov reflects on the documentary process: “The thing is, minimal interference doesn’t mean maximum reality. It can actually be the total opposite. Sometimes you have to interfere to get as close to the truth as possible.” How does the film’s revolutionary style of interference enrich the storytelling process?
  3. Which scene from the documentary do you remember the most and why?
  4. How does the film serve as a political action in critiquing rise of nationalism, xenophobia and border control?

RESOURCES

No Film School Review: ‘The Good Postman’ Breaks Every Documentary Rule You Know—And It’s Amazing

‘The Good Postman’: Film Review by the Hollywood Reporter

Counterpoints Arts’ blog post about ‘The Good Postman’

IDFA Film Review: ‘The Good Postman’