In this shorts program we are watching:
BASHKIMI UNITED | Lasse Linder | Switzerland | 2018 | 10 min
An award-winning short documentary of a seemingly small player and a larger than life story. In his barbershop, Bashkim from Pristina tinkers with hair and hearts. He shares his philosophy of life with his customers, whom he treats like guests and talks about his latest project – shooting a film. Bashkim is the director of his own story. He is transfigured from being a marginal figure to having the key role in an aesthetic exploration of the big concepts in life.
IN BETWEEN | Samir Karahoda | Kosovo | 2019 | 14 min
Emigration is about to tear families apart, but the feeling of belonging determines an awkward form of expressing their unity. A moving short, premiered at this year’s Berlinale. Striving for a better life, many people from Kosovo emigrate. Meanwhile, their parents still hope that the family stays unified. More than just a gesture and as powerful as a statement can be, brothers and sons who work and live abroad build identical houses to express the equality and unity in the family. An empathetic portrait of the families that, by economic necessity, need to live much of their lives separated and away from their own cultures.
WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER | Goran Stolevski | North Macedonia | 2017 | 19 min
A stubborn girl finds the unlikely solution to all her problems in an all-male religious ritual. A misfit, 18-year-old Aneta, is bullied at school for her feelings towards female friend and for her tomboy attitude. As any teenager, her life revolves around her mobile phone. In one of the incidents, her phone was tossed off the bus and crashed. In order to get a new one and solve a problem of a broken TV at home, Aneta decides to confront the local priest to let her participate in a centuries-old all-male church ritual of retrieving a cross from the river. The winner of the ritual will receive a brand new mobile phone and a TV set. If allowed, she will have to compete against the same bullies that harass her.
THE BRIDGE | Valmira Hyseni | Kosovo | 2018 | 17 min
Kosovo today. The city of Mitrovica is divided in two parts – Northern with Serbian population and Southern with Albanian. Visiting family members’ graves can be a real struggle.
After the conflict of 1998-1999 in Kosovo, the city of Mitrovica (previously called Kosovska and also Titova Mitrovica) was divided into a Serbian and Albanian part. The Northern part of the city and the Southern part are separated by a fortified bridge. The graveyards of ethnic Serbs from Kosovo living in the North side are on the South side, while the graveyard of the Albanians are on the North side. A visit to the cemetery can be a very dangerous endeavour in the hostile city, although the dead are free and they can move freely on both sides of the city.
CLOUD FOREST | Eliane Esther Bots | The Netherlands | 2019 | 18 min
A fairytale-like film in which five Dutch girls take the viewer on an imaginative journey through the memories and images they have of their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia. A war which the girls haven’t physically experienced themselves. In Cloud Forest, the narratives are a combination of facts and imaginations, vague memories and
detailed impressions, transferred from the parents to their daughters through conversations, listening in, silence and finding information on YouTube. Resulting in a scattered image of a conflict present on the horizon of one's life. It is in the darkness, in the shadows, lit by mobile phones, where these narratives can unfold. While the girls listen back to their own stories, a mechanism similar to listening to a narrative shared by a parent, the viewer is invited to listen along and become part of the intimate spheres of their family.
Screening will be followed by Q&A with Eliane Esther Bots