Writer / Director
Dina Duma was born in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1991. She graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje in the department of Film and Television Directing in 2014. Her graduation ﬁlm THE LAST ACT (2014) screened in international festivals and won several awards, including a Grand Prix at the Montenegro Film Festival. Her most recent short ﬁlm Elena (2016) premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal. Her next short ﬁlm The She Story will go into production in early 2017. Dina participated in Berlinale Talents in 2016. She is currently developing her debut feature SISTER with a scriptwriting grant from the Macedonian Film Agency, that has won the Coco Post Pitch Award at the Connecting Cottbus 2016.
Sister is a coming of age story about two teenage girls who are best friends since childhood and breaking down of their friendship. It is a story about courage, and how courage comes when it is least expected; about breaking free and letting people go; about the collapse of a friendship between two teenage girls. The journey we follow is that of stripping down a friendship to the very core when faced with a possible tragedy. It is only in extreme situations in life that we can clearly see ourselves and those who surround us. The breakdown of the relationship is a rollercoaster ride that ends with one of the protagonists ﬁnally facing the ugly truth about her harassing friend. Her best friend, who had seemed to be the most courageous and outgoing girl she knew, ends up being the biggest coward. Behind this script lies a strong, realistic storytelling approach. Every component of the script and the visual style should capture the psychological study of these two young women who swap roles during the narrative. One girl from weak to strong, from admirer to adversary, and the other girl vice versa. I would like to shake the audience from their comfort zone and, hopefully, just for a moment, make them see something different from what they know and who they are.