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New Video, New Europe

A Survey of Eastern European Video
January 11 – February 22, 2004

 
Adrian Paci
(Albania)
Albanian Stories, 1997
7'
 
Paci is an Albanian emigre living in Italy. The conflict in Kosovo intensified what was already a steady stream of refugees fleeing general hardship. Paci picked up the video camera after observing his 3 year old daughter meander through a series of improvised fairy tales starring a cat, a cow, and a rooster. That patronizing feel-good sense one gets from indulging a child's endearingly convoluted narration slowly evaporates with the little girl's nonchalant introduction of the "international forces" into the tale. The allegory of Kosovo is clear. Its gravity is inversely proportional to her innocence.
 

   
   
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