1 x 25 minute documentary for Al Jazeera English ‘Witness’
In the heart of Bulgaria’s Rose Valley, Irina is desperate to give her four-year-old daughter, Stefi, a better start in life.
She is struggling single mother, working two jobs to put food on the table. Her main source of income comes from her dangerous work at a weapons factory where she measures and packs gunpowder into artillery shells.
Struggling to pay the rent, bills, and Stefi’s kindergarten fees, she moves out of her parents’ rural village to be closer to her work – despite not knowing whether she can afford it.
Her only respite is singing, a talent taught to her by her late grandfather, which she uses to sing for extra money in local restaurants.
But as the rent and bills stack up, Irina is forced to take on a third job offering high-interest loans to equally desperate friends and family.
This is an intimate story about poverty and the price a mother is prepared to pay to ensure a better life for her child.