|Eroll Bilibani – SK Pictures
|Memli Kelmendi, Gezim Rama
|Short Films, Big Stories / Focus: Cinema by Migrants, Cinema on Migrants
|Saturday 9 November | 10:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
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.
Samir Karahoda started as a photography apprentice in 1992 in Prizren, Kosovo. Then he graduated Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Faculty of Fine Arts/Department of Photography, where he is now a postgraduate candidate. He was cinematographer on several award-winning short and feature Kosovar films. He is a short film programmer at Dokufest and he regularly curates short film programs on and from the Balkans for film festivals around the world. He occasionally lectures on photography at the Institute of Photography and Film Gjon Mili and at Kosovo Art Academy in Pristina. “In Between” (2018) is his directorial début and it was premiered at 69th Berlin Film Festival as part of shorts competition program.
Festivals & Awards (selection)
Berlin International Film Festival, 2019 | Kino Pavasaris, Vilnius International Film Festival – Best Film in Short Competition | FEKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival – Grand Prix | Sarajevo Film Festival | Docudays UA | ZagrebDox | Tampere Film Festival | GoShort, International Film Festival Nijmegen | BFI London Film Festival