A Kosovar woman is torn between the pressure to become a mother and the traumas of the recent war

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Een sterke vrouwelijke stem uit de Balkan stelt het patriarchaat en moederschap in een naoorlogs land in transitie aan de orde. Een prachtig geschoten, poëtisch en surrealistisch verhaal.

Let op: deze film is Engels ondertiteld.

Torn between the demands of the patriarchal family to become a mother and the traumas of the recent war, a Kosovar woman is sliding into the whirlpool of nightmares while trying to find a way out.

This film includes an introduction and elaborate Q&A with the film’s director Antoneta Kastrati.

Lume lives with her husband, Ilir, and mother-in-law, Remzije, in their small Kosovar village. Haunted by night terrors, childless and unable to get pregnant, Lume is relentlessly pressured by Remzije to fulfil her wifely duties – if Lume cannot produce a child, her mother-in-law threatens, it will be Remzije’s responsibility to bring in a younger and more eager prospective wife for her son to consider. Although she’s questioning whether she even wants to get pregnant, Lume submits herself to the series of sessions with local mystics and healers in order to please her family.

Beautifully filmed in the nature surrounding the isolated village, the scenery highlights how distant she has become to the world around her, a world that chooses not to help women face their war traumas. Feeling abandoned, Lume continues to live her wartime nightmares day and night, until the discovery of a tape hidden by Remzije changes her life for good.

This year’s Kosovo Oscar candidate is an intimate story about the legacy of wartime brutality. Zana is filmed in the home village of director Antoneta Kastrati and cinematographer Sevdije Kastrati whose mother and sister were killed during the war in Kosovo.

Follow the online webinar with the filmmakers of the films Zana, The Diary of Diana B. and How Far the Stars. An online session on Women’s Power and how to use cinema as a form of cultural memory. Moderated by Artistic director at Movies that Matter, Margje de Koning. November 12 on the online channels of the ENFF.

Introduction by Antoneta Kastrati, director

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