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PRILEPSKI MEKARI

SONJA RIZOSKA JOVANOVSKA

Croazia / 2006 / 28'

Attraverso le sfilate rituali in maschera, gli uomini-orso di Prilep (Macedonia) stanno risvegliando l'identità locale del villaggio. Il film vuole mettere in rilievo queste figure mascherate anche come simbolo dell’identità delle relazioni uomo-donna. Gli uomini-orso di Prilep e il loro ruolo processionale sono uno dei pochi esempi, che ancora oggi continuano ad essere accettati con grande rispetto e piacere da parte delle giovani generazioni della Macedonia.

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SONJA RIZOSKA JOVANOVSKA

Sonja Rizovska Jovanovska is born 1969, in Stip, Macedonia. In the school year of 1986/7 she enrolled at the PMFaculty in Skopje, department for ethnology. She graduated in 1993; in the school year of 1994/95 she enrolled for postgraduate studies at the Institut for Sociology on the Faculty for Philosophy in Skopje. She got her Master's Degree on 29.10.1995 and became a Magisterial in Sociological sciences.
She got her Doctor's Degree on 18.12.2003 on the subject “The prohibitions i.e. taboos in the multiethnic and multyreligious rural communities”, and she became a Doctor of Sociological Sciences.
Working engagements and scientific work
In December 1996, D-r. Sonja Rizovska Jovanovska began her work at the Institute for Old Slavonic Culture in Prilep as a junior assistant. On 16.01.2004 she was chosen, for a scientific collaborator and in May 2003 she became a manager of the project: “The role of man and woman in the Christian Orthodox and Muslim tradition”.
During her work at the Institut for Old Slavonic Culture, she was participating in the following scientific research projects:
1. Macedonian folk mythology; (as collaborator)
2. Folk mythology of the Macedonian people; (as collaborator)
3. Jozef Obremski – one of the most distinguished foreign researchers of the Macedonian culture; (as collaborator)
4. Hell and paradise in Macedonian and Albanian culture; (as collaborator)
5. The role of man and woman in the Christian Orthodox and Muslim tradition
(as a project manager)
Review on the scientific and professional activities
During her working engagements at the Institut for Old Slavonic Culture, D-r. Sonja Rizovska Jovanovska, was participating in the preparing of the following publications:
- Prohibitions in multiethnic and multyreligious village communities in the region of Prilep (326 p.)
- Folk mythology of the Macedonia people, (editor, Tanas Vrazinovski), prepared by: Tanas Vrazinovski, Sonja Zogovic, Vladimir Karadzovski, Sonja Jovanovska, Biljana Risteska-Josifovska, 2000, Prilep-Skopje:OSK-MM (co-author).

Jozef Obremski, Folk and ethnographic materials from Porece, (editor Tanas Vrazinovski), Tanas Vrazinovski, Vladimir Karadzovski, Sonja Rizoska-Jovanovska. (co-author)
Now, she is professor of the Univerzity of Tourism and menagmenet– Skopje
Sonja Rizoska Jovanovska has published many articles in foreign and domestic magazines. She has participated on many international symposiums in the country and abroad.Presently she is Director of the Department for ethnology and ethno genesis, at the Institut for Old Slavic Culture in Skopje.
Her first movie, as author and director, is the anthropological film “The Prilep Bear-Men”.
She was member of the jury of The 13th and 14th International Festival of Ethnological Films in Belgrade, Serbia.
On the 15th International Festival of Ethnological Film-Serbia, 01-05. 11.2006
First prize for extraordinary contribution to ethnological film for foreign production for Anthropological film “THE PRILEP BEAR MEN ”(2006), together with Ivo Kuzmanich from Croatia.
In December, 18-th 2006, The Old-Slav Culture Institute Councel promoted Ms. Sonja Rizoska Jovanovska to a senior scientific associate.
In januare 2007, she did e anthropolological film THE BEAR MEN TABOO, together with Ivo Kuzmanich from Croatia, Downing, Macro S Film production
In septembre 2007, she did anthropological film : Skopje and evertginh is posibl, She is autor and director the movie, Downing, Macro S Film production
In octombre 2008, she did documentary film : POWER, together with Ace Milenskovski.
In January 2010, she did documentary film : Downing, Macro S Film production, autor and director the movie

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