Vanja - Born in Pain (2015)

Macedonian title: ВАЊА -- СО МАКИ СУМ СЕ РОДИЛА

October 20th, 2019 (Sunday) - 5:00 PM :: Documentaries for the eyes and ears - Total running time 1 hr 19 min
Sponsored by: Mallin Medicine Corporation

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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2015
  • Duration: 45 minutes

  • Directed by: Sinisa Eftimov
  • Screenplay by: Sinisa Eftimov
  • Produced by: Media Broadcasting
  • Leading Roles: Vanja Lazarova


A documentary about the life and the career of Vanja Lazarova, legendary and internationally-recognised performer of Macedonian traditional songs.  She was the first Macedonian singer to record for the Philips label, the only one to perform in for Queen Elizabeth and Sir Winston Churchill at the Royal Albert Hall, and was also heard in the film ‘Before the Rain’ A promoter of Macedonian traditional songs around the world, Vanja is viewed by many as the Macedonian equivalent of Cezaria Evora For Vanja, singing was as normal as breathing is for the rest of us...

Screenings and Awards

Manaki Brothers - Bitola, Macedonia, 
Days of Macedonian film - Bitola, Macedonia,
All Seas Film Festival – USA
Star Doc Film Festival - Los Angeles, Macedonia
London Shows International Film Festival - London, UK
Idoli - Sofia, Bulgaria
Festival of music documentary films - Skopje, Macedonia