Mardhë wins the special mention prize at Dokufest XX

6-14 August, 2021

Mardhë a short-animated film, directed by Flaka Kokolli and produced by Oral History Initiative in partnership with forumZFD Program in Kosovo, wins the Special Mention Prize at the international documentary and short film festival, Dokufest, that takes place in Prizren, Kosovo.

The story of Mardhë is based on the oral history interview with Beti Muharremi that Oral History Initiative conducted in 2015 as part of its research on women’s activism, with the goal in mind to offer a unique space that gives visibility and permanence to women’s experiences and subjectivity that has been consistently marginalized if not forgotten.

The short-animated film explores the experience of Beti, a Kosovo Albanian woman in her late forties, during the deportation in the late ’90s. Beti, together with her family, is deported by Serbian security forces from her home in the capital of Kosovo to the border village of Bllacë. With war breaking out in 1999, her story is stitched together as the world she knew disintegrates. The seemingly endless cycle of cruelty Beti endures on her journey to a safe haven becomes a collective story of survival.

The jury of National Film Competition for Dokufest XX stated that: “…the jury decided to give a Special Mention to a short-animated film Mardhë that portrays the tragedy of war with creativity and simplicity through power of animation.”

DokuFest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, is the largest film festival in Kosovo. Each year the festival fills the cinemas and improvised screening venues around historic center of Prizren with a selection of more than 200 hand-picked films from around the world. Founded in 2002, with the aim of revitalizing cinema and the cultural life in Prizren, DokuFest grew and expanded into the most important documentary and short film festival in Southeast Europe and from 2019 is a BAFTA qualifying festival for short films.

Directed by:
Flaka Kokolli

Animated by:
Flaka Kokolli
Giorgi Gabisonia – Gio Gabi
Nora N. Jusufi

Backgrounds by:
Njomëza Mulhaxha

Colored by:
Blendi Pajaziti

Audio production:
Nart Kelmendi

Post production:
Mohamad AlNazer

Voice actors:
Xhejlane Tërbunja
Adrian Morina
Igballe Qena – Bibi Qena
Robert Wilton

Anna Di Lellio

Produced by:
Oral History Kosovo in partnership with forumZFD – Kosovo Program

Supported by:
Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Municipality of Prishtina.