Wednesday, October 21, 2009

'Blue Wall Red Door'

“Blue wall red door” film, 33 min, pal 16/9
By Alban MUJA & Yll Citaku

“Blue wall red door” documentary film aims at analyzing the way of how people in Prishtina orient themselves, and what is for them the main object or building which they use for their orientation. The street names are definitely not the way people in that town orient themselves.
Since the last decade, street names were changed many times and today it seems like nobody is oriented by the street names.
This can be more noticed when the authors ask from a taxi company to drive us to a certain street or to take us to a certain place, and in case you give them the exact address with the street name and the number of the building, you have to give more explanation like near what other building is the place, or who is the famous person who lives there (mainly it is related to the important or public faces).
Of course this happens not only when one deals with taxi drivers but also this is the case even in the social gatherings and other public interactions.
It is always the case that one has to mention some kind of building or known public figure in order explain the place of the meeting, but never the name of the street or the number of the building.
The biggest challenge for our society is when someone (and it is usually foreigners) with a map in his or her hands asks, “Where is this street or how can I get to this street”.
The difficulties start in the moment when rarely anyone can direct the other to the place with the exact address, apart from the neighborhood of the city.

Friday, March 20, 2009

'Catch Me'

                  " Catch Me" C - print, 2007 (Photo by Kiriko Shirobyashi)

'Tibet' video

"Tibet" video 5.52 min, 2009

It’s a video about a Kosovar Albanian man, who lives in Switzerland. In fact the story is about his name. Tibet is an unusual name. Apart from having a strange name, the story how of he got his name makes this more interesting, strange and unusual. We, as a society, are used to hear names, which have some kind of attachment to the history of our own country, newborn children named after the war heroes or heroines. However, I am amazed when I hear names that in fact break the usual tradition of naming the newborn children. This story I am about to present has no relation to the history of the country the character is coming from. His name does not have any relation with the conflict or the history of the conflict itself it is an act of solidarity. Tibet was the second child in the family. He was the newborn male child, which for his family was the peak of happiness, and is the meaning of the Tibet as well. Apart from showing their solidarity with the situation in Tibet, which in many ways shared the same aims and ideals as Kosovo (home country of Tibet), liberty and fighting for human rights, his family had another meaning of this name in mind. Tibet – the worlds highest region. Through this video I wanted also to present the importance of interpretation and influence of the news on global society.

'Palestina' video

'PALESTINA' video 6:31min 2005 

Palestina, is an Albanian girl. Her name may sound strange and unusual, but her name is Palestina. The name has been thrilling to her since she understood the real history of it. However, she feels proud of her name and the story of how she got that name. Palestina herself tells this history on video. Her mother, at the time when she was expecting a baby, was stunned by a tragedy taking place in Palestine. Israeli soldiers killed a young Palestinian in front of his girlfriend. Sad because of the cruel killing of her lover, young Palestinian girl,  got into her car, filled it with explosives and clashed along with this car-bomb into an Israeli soldier convoy, killing as many as 20.   The event took place in 1982, weeks before  a Kosovo girl, later named after “Palestine”, was born. Her mother, stunned with the tragic news comming from Palestine, decided immediately that if the baby she was going to give birth is a girl, she would be named Palestine. Her husband and the entire family were severely against this unusual name, but she was set and did not defer the pressure. On the video, Palestina herself tells how she understood the reality of her name’s history: ”Through this video I wanted to present the importance of interpretation and influence of the news upon global society, including news dealing with tragic and horrifying events that spark extreme reactions as even today it is not that easy to distinguish the boundary between heroism and madness”.