SURRENDER is a poetic documentary that highlights four of the most captivating Bulgarian male dancers (Krastyo Metodiev, Remi Toin, Nikola Hadjitanev & Svetoslav Seropyan) and lifts the curtain on who they are and why they dance. Combining their original performances with first-person documentary accounts, the film traces each man’s s personal relationship with dance to understand how it interacts with the idea of masculinity in Bulgarian society.
Bulgaria, 2022, 14 min., Bulgarian with English Subtitles
Script: Kosta Karakashyan & Alexander Tsekoff
Director: Kosta Karakashyan
Cinematography: Alexander Vasilev
Music: Ace Vaptsarov
Production: Studio Karakashyan, Man with a Hat Foundation, Grey Universe, Young Artists
Kosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian-Armenian director, producer, choreographer, and writer exploring empathy through movement and storytelling. Bringing his experience of choreography and performance to the screen, Kosta has directed, produced, and choreographed a variety of short films, commercials and music videos through his production company Studio Karakashyan, most notably the documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in Chechnya. He is currently working on his upcoming LGBTQ+ short THEY and his feature debut CORRUPTION.