two part documentary

a documentary film by Elka Nikolova

Elka Nikolova

Director / Producer / Editor

Elka Nikolova was born in Bulgaria and studied psychology at the University of Sofia before she moved to the United States in 1994. In 2000 she received her MA in Media Studies, with a focus on film production at the New School in New York. She has worked in film and television in New York since 2003.

Her documentary film, "Binka: To Tell a Story About Silence," completed in 2007, premiered at MOMA in New York. She co-produced and edited the

documentary film “Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon” directed by Andrea Simon completed in 2017. She is currently working on a two part documentary film "A Question of Survival" about the legacy of the Holocaust in the Balkans through the eyes of survivors from Bulgaria and Greece.

Vanyo Georgiev

Cinematographer / Producer

Vanyo Georgiev was born in Bulgaria and graduated from the New Bulgarian University in Sofia with a BA in film and television production. He worked as a cinematographer for Bulgarian Documentary Studio "Vreme" and the TV series "8 &/1/2," produced by Film Studio Boyana, before moving to New York in 2006. In New York he works as a freelance DP and Lightning Director for Bank of America Video and Broadcast, and on various documentary productions.

Ben Wolf

Additional Camera

Ben Wolf’s work as a cinematographer on documentary flms range from Emmy winner “Baring It All” (Dir: Patricia Zagarella) to “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of RickyJay” (Molly Bernstein & Alan Edelstein), a Kino Lorber release, as well as “Amsterdam Stories USA” (dirs: Rob Rombout & Rogier van Eck), a 6-hour road movie of small town America. He helped develop and shoot a web series for The Indian National Congress Party entitled “Billion And One Voices," a collage of modern India.

Lora Myers

Writing and Story Consultant

Lora Myers is a writer, film producer, and educator. As a producer and writer, she has worked in the USA, Italy, and Brazil on numerous award winning documentaries, public television specials and feature film scripts. She is currently developing a song-based app for teaching English literacy.

Joseph Benatov

Historical Consultant

Joseph Benatov is Lecturer in Foreign Languages in the Modern Hebrew Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation is titled “Looking in the Iron Mirror: Eastern Europe in the American Imaginary, 1958-2001."

Vanya Gezenko

Archival Consultant

Vanya Gezenko an expert at the Central State Archives of Bulgaria, and specializes in the Jewish archives. She has consulted on many international documentaries and feature film productions.