Tobacco Girl

Mümine is fourteen and lives with her family in the Macedonian mountains. An important source of income for her family is the traditional bride price. Mümine has just finished elementary school. Will she be allowed to visit secondary school and to escape the traditional village life? The film shows Mümine in her daily life at moments of major decisions for a self-determined future.

News

  • - "Tobacco Girl" at the Silverdocs Festival

    Our film ‘TOBACCO GIRL’, from the 3Sat series “Fremde Kinder”, has been accepted as an official selection of the program [...]

    Our film 'TOBACCO GIRL', from the 3Sat series "Fremde Kinder", has been accepted as an official selection of the program of this year's Silverdocs Festival. The Festival runs June 20-26 at the AFI Silver Theatre and neighboring venues, just outside Washington DC. TOBACCO GIRL has been scheduled on the following dates/times: SHORTS PROGRAM: TIES THAT BIND 23 June 2011 at 12:00 pm 26 June 2011 at 9:00 am

    Silverdocs Festival


  • - “Tobacco Girl” on cinema tour

    “Tobacco Girl” embarks on a cinema tour. All nominees and award-winning films of the German shortfilm award are taking part [...]

    "Tobacco Girl" embarks on a cinema tour. All nominees and award-winning films of the German shortfilm award are taking part on the "German Shortfilm Award on the Road ". "Tobaccogirl" will be screened in several German cities. The exact dates will be available soon on the following website:

    short film tour


  • - Cinema premiere of “The Seamstresses” and “Tobacco Girl” by director Biljana Garvanlieva in Berlin

    We cordially invite you to the cinema premiere of “Seamstresses” (“Heart of Sarajevo” Best Documentary Film) and “Tobacco Girl” (nominated [...]

    Einladung Kinopremiere

    We cordially invite you to the cinema premiere of "Seamstresses" ("Heart of Sarajevo" Best Documentary Film) and "Tobacco Girl" (nominated for the German Short Film Award) which was produced as part of the 3sat-series "Foreign Children". The premiere takes place on Thursday, June 2nd 2011 at 08.15 pm in the Babylon cinema in Berlin Mitte (Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin). Afterwards there will be a Q&A with the director of both films, Biljana Garvanlieva. If you rsvp until June 1st with Ms. Lena Hoffmann (l.hoffmann@gebrueder-beetz.de) your ticket price will be reduced to 5.- Euros. Please let us know whether you will be attending alone or how many guests you will be bringing along. We are looking forward to your attendance!

    Cinema Babylon



Tobacco Girl

Mümine is 14 years of age and lives with her family in the tobacco farming regions in the mountains of Macedonia. Tobacco is the only source of income in this region, nothing but tobacco will grow here. People say that it is the best tobacco in the world. Natives of the region also call it the “black gold”.
Mümine is supposed to marry and be sold to her future husband. One kilogram of tobacco costs €3 – a girl is worth about €3000. That’s the tradition among the Yörüken people. But Mümine refuses to accept this. She would rather run away if that meant she could marry the one she loves. In that case, her mother warns, she would become an outcast.
The Yörüks are Turkish people; they came to southern Europe along with the Ottomans 600 years ago and still inhabit the mountain regions of Macedonia. Yörük means “He who came by foot.” They have conserved their century-old traditions and language and rarely mingle with others. They live in their own, archaic world. 
The film depicts Mümine in her day-to-day village life, working hard, or when out for a walk with her girlfriend where they occasionally meet boys in secrecy. Anything besides eye contact is strictly forbidden before marriage. Her family negotiates her future quite pragmatically, while she only allows herself to open up with her younger brothers and her older sister.
Mümine dreams of visiting a school downtown, like her sister does. It is quite clear to her that if she doesn’t learn something, she will be doomed to live a life working on the tobacco fields and raising children. Elementary school is now over. Will she be allowed to continue to high school, escaping the shackles of day-to-day village life?
The film accompanies Mümine on her quest to find her place in life, somewhere between tradition and modernity. It also provides a touching glimpse of the culture of the Yörüks, a minority almost forgotten and certainly unknown, who today still inhabit the mountain regions of Macedonia.

Written and directed by Biljana Garvanlieva
Director of photography: Susanne Schüle
Editor: André Nier
Sound engineer / script supervisor: Manuel Zimmer
Composer: Oliver Josifovski
Music performed by “Ljubojna”
Sound mixing: Jörg Höhne
Colour correction: Philipp Weigold
Translation: Naciye Ömer
Creative producer: Maria Wischnewski, Anahita Nazemi
Line producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production manager - Macedonia: Ognen Antov
Production accountant: Daniela Schöne
Commissioning editor: Brigitta Lange
Producer: Christian Beetz
With: Mümine Aliova, Sevdiye Dervisova, Sevdali Aliov, Selbiye Aliova, Sazine Aliova, Yasar Aliov, Mumin Aliov, Redzep Aliov, Mumin Muminov, Suleyman Mumino, Vasil Karakasev, Mile Pulev, Vanco Manahovahov
thanks to: village Kodzalija / Macedonia, secondary school „Kosta Susinov“ Radovis / Macedonia, Enver Hüseyin, Yörük Türkleri DMYTD Radovis / Macedonia, Ljupce Efnusev, Ali Aliov, Jordan Pecov, Olivera Arizanova - Mannsbart, Rada and Jose Garvanlievi, Gudrun Steinbrück, Andrea Pugner, Nicolas Jacob
for Milan and Nina

Koproduktion

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  • Tobacco Girl

    3sat
    15 November 2009 at 6:00 pm

  • Tobacco Girl

    FIPA - Biarritz, France
    27 January 2010 at 6:45 pm

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    21. Ankara International Film Festival - Ankara, Turkey
    14 March 2010 at 6:00 pm

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    One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival - Prague, Czech Republic
    15 March 2010 at 5:30 pm

  • Tobacco Girl

    One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival - Prague, Czech Republic
    16 March 2010 at 5:15 pm

  • Tobacco Girl

    Festival de Films de Femmes de Créteil - Créteil, France
    05 April 2010 at 3:00 pm

  • Tobacco Girl

    Festival de Films de Femmes de Créteil - Créteil, France
    07 April 2010 at 7:00 pm

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    Ljubljana International Short Film Festival - Ljubljana, Slovenia
    07 April 2010 at 10:00 pm

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    58. Trento Film Festival - Trento, Italy
    03 May 2010 at 8:30 pm

  • Tobacco Girl

    International Ethnographic Film Festival - Göttingen, Germany
    13 May 2010 at 3:20 pm

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    Palm Springs ShortFest - Palm Springs, US
    27 June 2010 at 10:00 am

  • Tobacco Girl

    NAFA Film Festival Aarhus - Aarhus, Denmark
    30 August 2010 – 01 September 2010

  • Tobacco Girl

    Circuito Off Venice International Short Film - Venice, Italy
    01 September 2010 – 04 September 2010

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    Iran International Documentary Film Festival - Iran
    08 November 2010 – 12 November 2010

  • Tobacco Girl

    arte
    16 December 2010 at 3:30 pm

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    Babylon Mitte - Berlin, Germany
    02 June 2011 at 8:15 pm

  • Foreign Children (Tobacco Girl)

    3sat
    24 July 2013 at 12:20 am

  • International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One Orld

    "This gently flowing film is permeated with the striking, sometimes even grotesque, contrasts between traditions and the modern way of life..." "Biljana Garvanlieva's refreshing documentary about interweaving the old and the new is pleasingly underscored with ethnic music."