2014 | Kosova | HD | 30’ | Color
2013 | Austria | Digital | 30’ | Color
There Is Light Inside
Rea Surroi & Dardan Selimaj
Synopsis: Petrit Halilaj shares his own story. He comes from Runikë, a village in the region of Drenica (Kosovo), being one of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who were forcibly deported to camps in Albania and Macedonia. A child, he revealed his rare capacity to draw simultaneously with both hands, a gift noted by an Italian psychologist working for the Italian humanitarian mission in the camp of Kukës. The psychologist and his family decided to ‘adopt’ Petrit, taking him to Bozzolo (Italy) and support his education at the Art Academy in Milan. After graduation, Halilaj moved to Berlin, where he made a bold presentation in the world of arts, when exhibiting a courageous art installation in the Berlin Biennial in 2009. The focus of the documentary ‘There is a light inside’ was the building process of Petrit’s art installation at the Venice Art Biennial 2013 - Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo.
Synopsis: “Them” – The other like “us”, like “you”. Others see us as “them”. Like it or not, “we” are “them”, children of those who left their homeland for us, in the name of hope, “hoping for a better life” they said. We came here, we didn’t leave. We were either born or came to be placed here. We were named as strangers, whereas we saw ourselves as natives coming home late! Kamza is where we came. Slowly we discovered that the place of arrival was a symbol of evil. It was not the land, nor the air or the sky that had given this attribute. No, this attribute was given by the new habitant. There are people among “them” who think Kamza deserves this. Why, instead of being a place of freedom, Kamza was filled with walls! Walls on the sides, over and on earth and sky! But “they” overcome themselves and the culture of complaint. Because the complaint is the main wall. Therefore this barrier has to be overcome first. Someone says that all walls cannot be overcome at the same time. But “they” believe in overcoming them, because those “walls” that look strong, are nothing more than scarcely human acts. And as such, walls have an attribute. They are destroyed, torn, collapsed. “They” believe that the best way for their collapse is done internally, through speech and action!
Docutiff 2015 (Brochure) 1'st edition