Documentary My Borrowed Heritage

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Help me to fullfil my dream to make a documentary about my biggest passion!

Hi, I am Efie!

For as long as I can remember I have been surrounded by Balkan music and dance. My parents, both Dutch, met each other at a folklore dance festival in Hungary. He was playing the accordion, she was dancing. They settled down in the Netherlands, but brought the folklore into their Dutch home.
In a house filled with music and folklore, I fell in love with this cultural heritage of former Yugoslavia. It started with practicing the dances, and developed into joining a folklore ensemble that performs traditional dances from the Balkan. Besides dancing and singing, I also devoted much of my free time into finding original parts of costumes and learning about the history. In 2017 I went to Banja Luka, Bosnia, to join the ensemble Veselin Maslesa for three months.

Over the last decades a lot has changed in the folklore world. This rich cultural heritage is slowly disappearing. That is why I want to make a documentary, to capture it before it's too late. Fifty years from now, it might not be possible to make this documentary anymore. This subject has received little attention in the past due to the conditions of war. I would like to make a film that does not focus on the (consequences of) war, but instead shows the cultural history and strength of the people of former Yugoslavia.
As I see the folklore world around me changing, I am also curious to find out what the future will look like for 'my borrowed heritage'. Will the traditional ways disappear completely? Are there new ways in which the youth is experimenting? What can we do to keep the authentic folklore alive? In search for answers, I will travel through Serbia and Bosnia.

Unfortunately it is not possible for me to create this documentary on my own.
To finance the research, film crew, travelling, materials and editing I need your help.
You can support me by donating a kind gift.. In return I will send you a link to the movie once it's finished, which I am hoping will be in December 2019.
Help me capture and preserve this precious heritage, so it won't be forgotten.

Thank you so so much!!
Much love,

Efie Derksen

Look at my new trailer:


Still working hard on preparing the footage for the edit. Stay tuned..!

Efie Derksen

I am back from my journey trought former Yugoslavia. Me and my filmcrew where filming there from 25th of April till 8 of May. 

Above my expectations we made the most beautiful footage! From old people living in small farmhouses up on the Hills to young people in the big city who are learning to play traditional instruments. It was such a beautiful experience! 

The people theire where so thankfull that I am making this documentary, it is important to keep the folklore alive and to record all of this.
We saw some things that will surely dissapear in a couple of years, tat was really special..

Now the second half is there: process all the materials and edit the whole movie! We will be busy for the next months..
I still need money to make it possible, to pay all the editting and completing the documentary. So please don't stop spreading the word!

Ands for all the people who allready helped me by donating kind gifts: THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!!

Much love, Efie

Efie Derksen

Wow!! Thanks to the first donations and my safings I was able to book the flights for the whole crew yesterday!!
So it is official: 25th of April we are taking off to go shoot that beautiful documentary!!

I am soooo thankfull for all your support 🙏🏻💛🤗 

Lots of love, 

Efie (and the rest of the crew: Hans, Ans, Fenne and Claudia)


But.. still is not enough to realise this documentary, so don't forget to share the link!!

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