A thought-provoking satire, awarded at this year’s Berlinale, that questions patriarchy and gender equality in Macedonian society.
Based on true events, the film takes place in Stip, a small town in North Macedonia, where every January a local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. This ritual is common in many Christian Orthodox countries of the Eastern Europe. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it. This time, Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others. Her competitors are furious - how dare a woman take part in their ritual? As hell breaks loose, Petrunya stands tall, challenging the church, judiciary and media. She won her cross and will not give it up. God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya is among the three finalists for the European Parliament's LUX Film Prize 2019 .
Screening will be followed by Q&A with Stefan Vujisikj
- Teona Strugar Mitevska
- Noord-Macedonië, België, Slovenië, Kroatië, Frankrijk