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16 mm | color & sound | 2019 |11 min​.


An impressionistic journey following the filmmaker and her Bulgarian father as they travel to the Black Sea. DESERT ISLANDS explores personal and collective histories, glimpses and performative gestures that are as familiar as they are distant. An abandoned spaceship, a childhood room, a cup of Turkish coffee. 


If one were on a desert island, what would one bring? What precisely would one choose? "There is no light."

cinematography, editing & sound design

Ralitsa Doncheva


sound mix

Mitchell Stafiej

Developed with assistance from Concordia University, SSHRC & FRQSC Canadian graduate fellowships.

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