High up in the mountains of Southern Kosovo, between today's borders of Serbia, Macedonia and Albania, live the Gorani - a small Islamized people of Slavic origin, with no country of their own. The Kosovo war of 1999 brought unrest into these fable-like parts and the lives of the people, pushing them away in search of a new life. The ones that remain tell their stories, before the winds carry them away as well.
A Letter to Dad
"Hey Dad, you died suddenly." The filmmaker, trying to make sense of the way his father chose to die, opens several boxes, all that is left behind. The forgotten photos, letters and home videos take the film back to the 1970s Yugoslavia, when his parents became lovers. But the journey through the years, to family members, lost friends and places, reveals the lingering horrors of the recent Balkan wars still tearing people and families apart. A film that, in the most immediate way, questions the individual responsibility of ordinary people caught in the winds of war.
At the edge of a city growing from the desert, a man plays alone on a golf course. Another, sleepless one, sends a letter from a labour camp to his wife in Kenya. A sand storm hits the construction site, and the locals hold a strange dance ceremony. Dubai, usually seen either as a development miracle or a failed gimmick, here becomes a set for a visual exploration of displacement, longing and desire. In three film chapters the city, the surrounding desert and their inhabitants slowly uncover some of the darker aspects of contemporary society, while the ongoing economic meltdown spells the end of an era.
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 79
Beaconsfield Studios, Station Road
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