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Wild Flower

DirectorFathia Bazi
ProducerFathia Bazi – Bluetone Stories
WriterFathia Bazi
CameraKoen van Herk
ScreeningSaturday 29 October at 18:00 hours
Length54 min
CountryThe Netherlands

The best debut at the DocuTIFF in Tirana. A powerful story about an Albanian woman who lived all her life as a man. Dutch Premiere


Lule Bib Luka is 77-year-old and one of the last sworn virgins (burrnesha) in Albania. In this ancient tradition women never marry and take on a male role. Lule sacrificed a conventional female life to take care of the lands of her father. Her oath of celibacy sealed her life’s fate. She lived with her brother Kole and his family her entire life. Her nephews have grown up and moved away and her brother died. Now, Lule is the only one left on the land, but she prepares to move to town because the hard mountain life has become too much for her. During her last summer in Tuc, Lule revisits the important places in her personal history. The Rotterdam based director managed to bring emotional state of the main character so well to the screen that we carry this film with us long after watching it.

De beste debuutfilm op de DocuTIFF in Tirana. Een krachtig verhaal van een Albanese vrouw die haar hele leven als een man leefde.


Lule Bib Luka is 77-jaar oud en één van de laatste gezworen maagden (burrnesha) in Albanië. In deze oude traditie trouwen vrouwen niet en nemen ze een mannelijke rol aan. Lule offerde een gebruikelijk vrouwelijk leven om voor het land van haar vader te zorgen. Haar celibataire eed verzegelde haar lot. Haar hele leven woonde ze in bij haar broer Kole en zijn familie. Haar neven werden volwassen en vertrokken, en haar broer stierf. Nu is Lule de enige overgeblevene op het land. Maar omdat het zware leven op de berg te veel voor haar is geworden, bereidt ze zich voor om naar de stad te verhuizen. Tijdens haar laatste zomer in Tuc bezoekt Lule daar de plaatsen die belangrijk waren in haar leven. De Rotterdamse regisseur is erin geslaagd om de emotionele stemming van de hoofdpersoon zo goed weer te geven dat deze film een blijvende indruk zal achterlaten.