balkan black box

After the War – Posle rata

Regie: Srðan Keèa; 42 Min., SCG 2005 (OmE)
Wettbewerb: Golden Black Box Competition

babylon berlin:mitte, Sa, 18.11.2006 um 20:15 Uhr
ACUDkino, Mo, 20.11.2006 um 19:00 Uhr

Die Gorani, eine kleine slawische, islamisierte Volksgruppe, lebt hoch in den Bergen des südlichen Kosovo. Seit Kriegsende fühlen sich die Gorani eingekesselt von der albanischen Mehrheit, und viele verlassen die Heimat für immer.

In the heart of the Balkans live a small Islamicized people of Slavic origin, without a country of their own. What had kept them together and protected for centuries was their home, Gora, high up in the beautiful mountains of southern Kosovo, between today’s borders with Macedonia and Albania. The Kosovo war of 1999 brought unrest into these fable-like parts. The Gorani, who had fought mainly on the Serbian side, are now left alone, surrounded by an Albanian majority and their own dark memories of the war. When it becomes too hard to live under this cloud of death, many leave Gora forever, searching for a new life. Through this little elegy we are guided by a few of the remaining inhabitants of a Gorani village close to the Albanian border – two merry old ladies, the boy Šeap and his uncle Sultan, the shopkeeper, muezzin and the disobedient cows who wander through the village on their own. It is only a question of time when the silent but ruthless winds will carry all of them away, like they have so many others.