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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 writer-director from the Republic of Macedonia. He got his break as an actor, with a lead role in the Berlinale-premiering feature When the Day Had No Name (2017). Leon's sophomore directorial effort — I’m Calling Your Father (short, 2020) — premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival and screened internationally, winning a Grand Prix on two separate occasions. Leon is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an alum of Sarajevo Talents and holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University in the United States. more...

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