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Skopje Sisterhood: Dina Duma in Production with “Skateboarding Is Not for Girls”

Skopje Sisterhood: Dina Duma in Production with “Skateboarding Is Not for Girls”

A fresh, new talent in North Macedonia cinema, Dina Duma is currently in go kick-flip mode with her sophomore feature. FilmNewEurope report that production began this past month (in Skopje) on Skateboarding Is Not for Girls — and will wrap in a couple of weeks from now. The North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia and Croatia coproduction was selected for the 2022 Session of the 44th Cannes Residence. Her debut, Sisterhood, was selected to represent her country in 2021. Efqar Abaz, Jefrina Jashari, Simonida Selimović and Ganimet Abdula star. Producers include Macedonian’s Sisters and Brother Mitevski’s Labina Mitevska, Terminal 3’s Vanja Sremac, Vertigo’s Danijel Hočevar, Entre Chien et Loup’s Sébastien Delloye. The cinematographer here is Belge DP Frédéric Noirhomme (of Laura Wandel’s intimate Playground fame).

Co-written by Duma, Lidija Mojsovska and Teona Strugar Mitevska, this follows three generations of women as they navigate the clash between tradition and the challenges of modern times. Through the worldview of 12-year-old Adela, the film opens a world in which three generations of women dare to rewrite their own destinies and challenge the boundaries of a society shaped by tradition.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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