Private Project


Macedonian chalgia is rooted in the music code of many generations. This music represents base and structure for many contemporary musical forms and also represents a distinctive phenomenon which blends folklore with heritage of music tradition of Istanbul, both Byzantine Church music and Classical Ottoman in one, corresponding with the Octoechos and Maqam system.
Beside this, chalgia connects the difference between Eastern and Western musical heritage, with mixing of the Oriental and West European instruments in the same time.
This movie traces the history and beginnings of chalgia from Constantinople (Istanbul) to Macedonia during one century. It follows the history of the old Macedonian music groups (tajfi) founded in Skopje, Ohrid, Veles, Kavadarci, Bitola and also Turkish classical music, with presentations of Turkish Academy professors. In the film are used old archival footage from the performances of the bards of this type of music, which brings on surface important segment of the Macedonian music traditions for future generations.
The film follows the development of chalgia in Macedonia, western influences, results of this mix and of course its arising in today’s context, through the interviews with Macedonian musicians, but also the World-famous artists as Kudsi Erguner, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Gunay Çelik, Simon Saheen etc.

  • Blazhe Dulev
  • Risto Soluncev
  • Goran Stojilkovic
  • Vladimir Stojcevski
  • Goran Naumovski
    Director of Photography
  • Blazhe Dulev
  • Darko Spasovski Packi
    Sound Design
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Turkey
  • Language:
    English, Macedonian, Persian, Turkish
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Festival of European Film "CINEDAYS"
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    November 11, 2019
    Macedonian Premiere
    Music Documentaries
  • The Lift Off Session, 2020
  • First-time filmmaker Session, 2020
  • SEE Online Film Festival, 2020
  • SEE a Paris, 2020 (online edition)
  • Balkan Film and Food Festival
    September 15, 2020
    Albanian premiere
  • Dok'n'Ritam
    September 24, 2020
    Serbian premiere
  • Balkan Panorama Film Festival
    October 15, 2020
    Turkish premiere
  • Philosophical Film Festival
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    May 28, 2021
  • Days of contemporary Macedonian film
    May 28, 2021
  • Anthro - Days of ethnology and anthropology
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    June 26, 2021
  • Beach Film Festival
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    July 22, 2021
  • Lokum Fest
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    July 24, 2021
Director Biography - Blazhe Dulev

Blaze Dulev graduated in 1996 at the Faculty for Drama Arts Skopje, Department of Film and TV Editing. In his working experience he has working activities and tasks related to all segments of Film production: editing, directing and production. Dulev is Manager and co-founder of Quasar Film production company in Skopje.

- 2019 „KEIF“ - director, editor (documentary) 90 min.
- 2019 „Second chance“ - editor (feature film)
- 2018 „Dream about blood and soul“ - producer, editor (short film)
- 2017 „Manaki story in pictures“ - editor (documentary)
- 2017 „Ambi“ - producer (short film) 18min 37sek
- 2017 „When we are gone“ - producer (short film) 19min 16sek
- 2016 „Home sweet home“ - editor (feature film, Kosovo)
- 2013 „The pursuit of luck“ - editor (documentary) 71min
- 2011 „Bit Player“ - producer (short film), 22min
- 2011 „Little Match Girl“ - producer (short film), 13min
- 2004 „The Great water“ - co-producer (feature film) – 93min

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