Special Screening: Forgiving the Blood

July 13, 2019

A seminal BBC documentary `Forgiving the Blood’ will have its special screening at the eighteenth edition of DokuFest. Directed by Melissa Llewelyn Davis and with Lala Meredith-Vula as the main researcher, it follows the mass movement for the forgiveness of blood feud launched among the Albanian population in the 90s.

The movement started with a group of radical students who had recruited the Professor of Folklore at Pristina University, Anton Çetta, to guide them through the intricacies of clan feuds. The film takes as a case-study one of the last families who were, in 1991, refusing to ‘gift the blood’ of their murdered son to his killer’s family. ‘Forgiving the Blood’ is a fine example of the visual ethnographic use of a single case to unpick a far broader and deeper political story. Inter alia it explores the ways a marginal farming family manages to resist great pressure to speak and act as members of a national citizenry.

DokuFest is proud to host the first public screening of the film in Kosovo, at Lumbardhi on the 7th of August, at 20.00. Melissa Llewelyn Davis, Lala Meredith Vula and Neriman Kamberi will be present and will take part in the post-screening discussion.

Photo by Lala Meredith-Vula


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