Aromalunni

Aromalunni 1972

Based on Vadakkan Pattukal, a collection of Northern Ballads of medieval origin.

Freedom or Death

Freedom or Death 1979

The committee led by Çerçiz Topulli, Mihal Grameno and Hajredin Tremishti return to their village and assassinate the Turkish officer of Gjirokastra. Afterwards, the Ottoman army starts a campaign against the province of Mashkullorë, which became a symbol of Albanian resistance and fight for freedom.

Schacko Klak

Schacko Klak 1989

The title of the film, set in Luxembourg in 1942, during the Nazi occupation, amalgamates the words Schacko (helmet) and chapeau claque (opera hat). The village, in which it is set, has not yet been feeling the effects of the war at this point.

Mao by Mao

Mao by Mao 1977

A film-détournement biography of Mao Tse-tung in which the life of the recently deceased Great Helmsman is told in his own words, using quotes culled from various Red Guard publications. The rise to power of the film's namesake appears as the inevitable outcome of a dialectical logical. Or so the voice-over might lead one to believe. If the usual practice of détourned films is for the soundtrack to undermine the image, here the reverse occasionally takes place. The images critique Mao's words. They show that which, even in the official visual record of the times, the narrative elides. The film is dedicated to Li Yhi Zhe, the nominal author of a famous Democracy Wall critique of the Maoist state.

Eyewitnesses in Foreign Countries

Eyewitnesses in Foreign Countries 1993

An authentic film-experiment in 600 takes; 3 seconds each.Of A European's private images in Africa and of an African's in Europe. A mutual perception of the one´s and the other´s native place. As a child I pictured an oasis to myself as a small lake surrounded by palms, with nothing but sand dunes around it. Only when I first visited an oasis ten years ago, did I realise that my picture was wrong. In a similar way this happened to me with almost all those exotic pictures of travel lust impressed on my mind by children's books, travel folders and motives on bank notes.I was quite surprised when I discovered pictures of snowcapped mountains including alpine huts and lakes in many cafés in North Africa.