God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya

Directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska
100 minutes
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In this award-winning feminist satire, based on true events, Petrunya causes fury in her small Macedonian town when she participates in a men-only contest and wins.

Petrunya (brilliantly portrayed by Zorica Nusheva) is unemployed, unhappy and in a rut. On the way home from a particularly galling interview, she happens upon an old all-male only ritual. Every January the local priest throws an ornate wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others. As hell breaks loose, Petrunya holds her ground and will not give up her cross. What follows is a strident, and frequently hilarious, skewering of the prejudices and hypocrisies of the police, the church, the media and even Petrunya's own family. Ultimately this poignant true tale by director Teona Strugar Mitevska (When The Day Had No Name, SFF 2017), cleverly dissects society's desire to cling to convention.
This isn’t just an engaging tale of one woman challenging the male-dominated church and state, but a movie making a smart, impassioned statement against widely accepted subjugation in many forms.
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Sun 23 February
Alice Springs Cinema
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North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, France, Croatia
In Macedonian with English subtitles
Teona Strugar Mitevska
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