CULTURE

The American Dream

What is your relationship with the USA? I have been going backward and forward since 1983. I spend long periods of time there, teaching as a visiting professor at various universities – Harvard, New York, Brooklyn – while directing at the same time. My family is in Skopje but we spend a lot of time in the United States. I have three sons – the eldest, who is also a director, lives there permanently, while the youngest, who was born in America and carries a US passport, is studying there. Is it worth living in America today, as far as the dream is concerned? I must admit that my own American Dream was quite different before visiting the USA and getting to know the country. I would say, speaking as an artist, that in America, they seem to have lost the ability to differentiate between life, reality, science fiction and reality shows. And I’m not referring solely to the Iraq issue. It is America’s general stance toward the world. How do you feel about this position? Things are not simply black or white. From the moment world balance was destroyed, things have gone out of control. I’m not one of those who believe that it was the Americans themselves who hit the towers, I’m in love with New York and to me the attacks came as a personal blow. But I do believe that the answer was an equally big mistake. It was unbalanced. Here, however, I must add something that Europe is not fully aware of: There are many different voices within the United States – there is a huge juxtaposition against government policy.