Archive of films Children (Kosovo 2000) / Deza-Fëmijët (Kosovo 2000)

2001, 90 min

Section: Documentary Films in Competition
Year: 2001


Kosovo, spring 2000. Winter has ended but only in the meteorological sense. Frost hides deep in the ruins and in the soul. Traces of destruction in the sunny countryside. Wounds that never heal, weak indications of new beginnings. Paradoxes. Black-and-white with colour fragments of memory. The words ‘deza’ and ‘femijet’ mean ‘children’ in Serbian and Albanian respectively. These terms have no place in the irrational dictionary of war. In spite of this they are the most helpless victims of a meaningless war, of sustained hatred. Their suffering forms an ineffaceable chapter in the history of the end of last century, of the beginning of the new millennium. Statements given by Serbian and Albanian children are filmed in black-and-white, interspersed with colour shots they themselves have taken.

About the director

Ferenc Moldoványi (b. 1960) graduated in education, philosophy and film direction. He lectures in video communications at Budapest’s School of Humanities. Filmography: Exposure (1978, Leleplezés), Here and Now (1988, Itt és most), On the Samizdat (1989, A szamizdatról), Hotel Quest (1992), Market Development Foundation (1993), The Godfather (1994, A Keresztapa), Parisian Squatting Artists (1993, Párizsi házfoglalóművészek), If We Eat a Beaver . . . (1995, Ha megeszünk egy hódot), Franzstadt (1996), The Way (1997, Az út).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Documentary Films in Competition
Director: Ferenc Moldoványi
Screenplay: Ferenc Moldoványi
Dir. of Photography: András Nagy
Music: Tibor Szemző
Editor: Márta Révész
Producer: Ferenc Moldoványi
Production: Engram Film
Cast: Besarta Jashari, Edmond and Valdrin Illiaz Ruci, Lavdije Beqir Feka, Violeta Mehmeti, Elfie Buletini, Dusica and Veljko Masic

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