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When a teenager gets attacked by peers, his hard-headed mother comes up with a plan to protect him from further harassment. Set in an urban Macedonian neighborhood, this short observes the interplay of gender roles and intergenerational violence, with equal touches of dry humor and family melodrama.

Leon Ristov is an emerging director from North Macedonia. He got his break in the film industry with a lead role in the Berlinale-premiering When the Day Had No Name (2017) by acclaimed auteur Teona Mitevska. Leon's sophomore short, I’m Calling Your Father (2020), world-premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival and screened internationally, winning a Grand Prix on two separate occasions. He is an alumnus of Talents Sarajevo, holding a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University in the United States. more...

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