THE BRIDGE

Valmira Hyseni
Director Valmira Hyseni
Producer Valmira Hyseni – Shqip Film LLC
Writer Valmira Hyseni
Camera Boubkar Benzabat
Editor Arber Dinarama, Blerdi Malushi
Sound Gazmend Zhubi
Screening Saturday 9 November | 10:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Original Title URA
Year 2018
Length 17 min
Country Kosovo
Subtitles English
Section Short Films, Big Stories / Focus: Europe, 30 Years After the Berlin Wall

Kosovo today. The city of Mitrovica is divided in two parts – the northern with Serbian population and the southern where Albanians reside. Visiting family members’ graves can be a real struggle.

Synopsis

After the conflict of 1998-1999 in Kosovo, the city of Mitrovica (previously called Kosovska and also Titova Mitrovica) was divided into a Serbian and Albanian part. The Northern part of the city and the Southern part are separated by a fortified bridge. The graveyards of ethnic Serbs from Kosovo living in the North side are on the South side, while the graveyard of the Albanians are on the North side. A visit to the cemetery can be a very dangerous endeavour in the hostile city, although the dead are free and they can move freely on both sides of the city.

Director's bio

Valmira Hyseni (Prishtina, 1984), graduated Faculty of Arts, Film Directing in University of Prishtina and bachelor in Faculty of Law. Since 2006, she has been producing films in Kosovo and Albania. She is the founder of Vale Films. From 2011 to 2014, Hyseni was artistic director of 911 Film Festival. Board member of VAPIK (Visual Authors, Producers and Interpreters of Kosovo) and member of Kosovo Producers Association. Her producing and directing credits include short films, documentaries, commercials, media campaigns.