06’04, Bulgaria, 2021

Director: Kosta Karakashyan, Choreographer: Stephanie Handjiiska, Composer: Georgi Atanassov, Producers: Kosta Karakashyan and Stephanie Handjiiska


A young female protagonist unexpectedly encounters her own sexuality and passes through stages of unrestrained pleasure, shame, purification, and acceptance of her own female divinity.


Kosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian-Armenian director, choreographer, performer, and writer exploring empathy through movement and storytelling. A two-time Bulgarian National Ballroom Champion, Kosta has performed and choreographed on Dancing With the Stars Vietnam, Bulgaria’s Got Talent, and across Canada, Germany, Norway, Egypt, Vietnam, and Japan. Kosta graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Dance, and his work has been featured by Vogue Russia, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, Bloomberg, the BBC, and Radio Free Europe. He has directed, produced, and choreographed numerous short films and videos through his production company Studio Karakashyan, most recently the documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in Chechnya, awarded the Prix Lumière at Cinédanse Festival Ottawa 2019.


The film will be part of the screening on 30.10.2022, 17:00-18:30, Festival and Congress Centre – Varna.