Director: Kamen Kalev
Two brothers on opposites sides of the ideological fence, two families brought into each other's lives. Can one senseless act help make sense of their world?
Georgi is a 17-year-old skinhead on a vicious path of destruction; his 38-year-old brother Itzo is a drug-addled artist struggling to put an addiction to heroin behind him. Though estranged from one another, a violent racial clash will bring them together, and into the lives of an innocent Turkish family.
The debut feature from Kamen Kalev, Eastern Plays brings unexpected warmth to a gritty tale of dispossessed souls, and the extremist movements that sometimes claim them.
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