FutureThe clips in this section look ahead. Questions about students’ futures and agency are complicated by questions about Bulgaria’s future at large. All those involved in Yarn are deeply invested in Bulgaria, but possess the English language skills to be successful outside of Bulgaria. Students wrestled with where to throw their efforts and how to balance their personal and national interests.

"Imagine a Ball"

Luben shared that "English was [his] first hobby", a hobby that facilitated his dreams of going to Florida to watch a Miami Heat basketball game and of paying to play the computer game World of Warcraft. In these aspirations, he considered himself among the majority of his peers that want to or have already left Bulgaria.

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"Since I Can Take a Pen in my Hands"

Maria talked about her dream of revitalizing the Bulgarian animation industry and discussed the limited technological resources at her disposal in Bulgaria.

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"I Didn’t Want to Draw"

Gloria described her experience of deciding which specialized High School she wanted to attend, which caused her to weigh the utility of English against other possible skills she could develop.

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"You’re Making Your Own Soup"

Ivana positioned herself against the attitude of hopelessness and resignation she sees around her, insisting instead that with hard work anyone can achieve their goals.

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"For Artists, Musicians, and Such Creative People"

Lacheszar talked about his goal of directing music videos and living in New York City.

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"But When They Come Here..."

Desislava told of a school trip she took to Germany and how she saw Bulgaria when she returned.

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"To Show the Real World Outside"

Mihaela and Radostina described their aspirations to be journalists. They felt that in this profession, they could make people aware of others’ realities and problems, particularly issues in the "third world". Bent on going abroad, they considered how this would affect their future relationship to Bulgaria and their families.

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"Even if I Know Everything"

Luben explained his decision to remain outside of Bulgarian politics. Making bold claims, Luben located his dissatisfaction in what he perceives as politicians’ blatant corruption, inefficiency, and involvement with Chalga.

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"A Maple Tree from an Oak Stump"

Pavel and Simon vocalized their opinions about Bulgaria’s need for change. They declared that Bulgaria cannot be merely "steered into" change; there must be a dramatic break from the past. They expressed faith in Bulgaria’s potential.

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