Synopsis: The 7th century is the time of the Great Migration of the Peoples. Under the pressure of the invaders the proto-Bulgarian tribes of Khan Kubrat are forced to split in four parts in the hope that one would survive. For twenty long years Kubrat's youngest son Khan Asparoukh led his people across many foreign lands to find eventually a new homeland on the Balkan Peninsula and this time forever. The story is told by Byzantine Velisarius, a hostage with the Bulgarian who witnesses the whole of their difficult march. He sees the suffering of the people whom he already feels close to his heart and the personal drama of their Khan Asparoukh. In 681, in alliance with the local Slav tribes, the proto-Bulgarian deal a decisive blow on numerous Byzantine army, thus 13 centuries ago the foundations of the Bulgarian state and nation were laid down.
Genre: Drama, History, War
323 min

let it be shown!

And you, yuvigi?

If the khan himself breaks our laws,

he can't expect obedience from the people!

And the Bulgars will learn that yuvigi

has refused Tangra His chosen one!

And then the khan is finished!

Yuvigi, what happened?

- Go away!

How can you prove that

Tangra wants Pagane?!

May God kill my only daughter

before the next spring,

if I'm not doing

His will today!

Blessings to you all!

I'll still be among you,

even when you can't see me!

I'll obtain a new homeland

for you from Tangra!


Tangra thanks you!

- Tangra!

You're stones,

not humans!

You go towards death with jubilance,

like a wedding!

There is no death, Belisarius.

There's a longer

or shorter separation.

But while I'm alive, I won't

be reconciled with this parting!

We rode and we rode.

The land changed its clothes,

the sky changed its colours.

Only one remained the same -

we rode on and on.

People were growing old

from hardships, without rest,

from the misery and the frequent

losses of their loved ones.

Children were born on the road,

growing on the saddle.

We rode through the land

and the seasons.

Not only the world around us

changed, but so did we.

The winds dried up our faces.

Bitter wrinkles formed on them

from staring into the distance.

The distance!

I thought it had gained a magical

power over the khan's thoughts.

Drawing us with its unfound secrets.

We rode to the horizon.

A straight, smooth line in the field.

The closer we got to it,

the further away it went.

Why are you always looking at

your people so carefully, yuvigi?

It might be foolish, but I always try

to remember every Bulgar by face and name.

To figure him out.

- But they're thousands!

And I'll be with them

for thousands of days.

Yuvigi, we have to tell you

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Vera Mutafchieva

Vera Mutafchieva (Bulgarian: Вера Мутафчиева; March 28, 1929 – June 9, 2009) was a Bulgarian writer and historian.Daughter of historian prof. Petar Mutafchiev and Nadia Triphonova, she was born in Sofia and was educated at Sofia University. Vera Mutafchieva obtained her PhD (1958) and DSci (1978) degrees at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) in Sofia. She was a senior researcher at various institutes of the BAS (Institute of History; Institute of Balkan Studies; Institute of Demographic Studies; Institute of Literature), and was elected vice-president of BAS (1993-1996). In 2004 she was elected a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her research focused on the Ottoman period on which she published dozens of studies in Bulgarian and European journals. Some of her monographies were published in the USA, Turkey and Greece. Vera Mutafchieva is the author of historical novels which were translated into 11 languages. She was also script writer of the 1981 film Khan Asparuh (4th position in the Most Viewed Movies in Bulgaria of All Times Chart and Official submission of Bulgaria for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 55th Academy Awards in 1983 ; international title 681 AD: The Glory of Khan ) and of 2 other films on contemporary subjects, as well as of the drama on the second Bulgarian Kingdom "The Road". Vera Mutafchieva was awarded with numerous national prizes and with the International Herder Prize (1980). From 1997 to 1998, Mutafchieva was head of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad. In 2008, it was revealed that she had collaborated with the secret police in communist Bulgaria. However, she is also known for her defence of women's rights in Bulgaria.Mutafchieva died at the Lozenetz Hospital in Sofia at the age of 80. Her ashes were scattered in the Aegean sea near the Cape Sounion. more…

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