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Expelled from her homeland and determined to seek out the daughter she was once forced to abandon, Kosovar journalist Emma Berisha sets out on a harrowing journey to reclaim her life in director Agim Sopi's accound of the horrific atrocities committed during the Balcan War. Emma was working with American journalists Laura and David Schwartz when was broke out in Kosovo. Somehow, in the midst of all the chaos, the three journalists just barely manage to escape the invading Serbian forces. After reporting to the ...
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Expelled from her homeland and determined to seek out the daughter she was once forced to abandon, Kosovar journalist Emma Berisha sets out on a harrowing journey to reclaim her life in director Agim Sopi's accound of the horrific atrocities committed during the Balcan War. Emma was working with American journalists Laura and David Schwartz when was broke out in Kosovo. Somehow, in the midst of all the chaos, the three journalists just barely manage to escape the invading Serbian forces. After reporting to the local news agency, the trio learns that NATO forces are about to intervene and that all Americans are to be evacuated immediately. Though Laura and David implore Emma to flee with them, she refuses to leave her homeland until she has locates with her missing fiancé Edi. Immediately after Emma and Edi are reunited the Serbian forces begin a forced exodus of the Kosovar population, prompting Emma, Edi, and his family to flee for Pristine. Just as they began to think that they were safe in the remote village, invading Serbian forces throw Emma in with the other Kosovar women. There, the prisoners are gang raped before ultimately being expelled into Albania. According to the Red Cross, Edi is being detained in a Serbian prison in Nish. When the fighting has ceased, a pregnant Emma returns to Kosovo to find that it has been completely destroyed. Emma longs for that day that Edi will be released from prison, and soon gives birth to a baby girl she names Ana. But while Emma's family implores the new mother to get rid of the child, the new mother is determined to care for her baby the best that she can. Ultimately, Emma is forced to place Ana in an orphanage until she can properly care for the girl. It's during that time that David returns to Kosovo, and pays Emma for the work she conducted before the war. Now possessing the money needed to provide for her young daughter, Emma embarks on a desperate journey to locate Ana before the helpless girl falls prey to human traffickers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • UPC: 658769820430
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Vanguard Cinema
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doug Barron
Lumni Sopi
Cun Lajci
Blerim Gjoci
Rikard Ljarja
Arta Mucaj
Enver Petrovci
Fatmir Spahiu
Blerta Syla
Technical Credits
Agim Sopi Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Samka Ferri Costumes/Costume Designer
Afrim Gora Art Director
Kamuran Goranci Executive Producer
Sali Limani Producer
Mendi Mengjiqi Score Composer
Durim Neziri Art Director
Afrim Spahiu Cinematographer
Agron Vula Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Anatema
1. Chapter 1 [4:46]
2. Chapter 2 [7:21]
3. Chapter 3 [6:23]
4. Chapter 4 [9:57]
5. Chapter 5 [5:39]
6. Chapter 6 [5:39]
7. Chapter 7 [6:56]
8. Chapter 8 [4:38]
9. Chapter 9 [2:20]
10. Chapter 10 [4:42]
11. Chapter 11 [7:50]
12. Chapter 12 [3:09]
13. Chapter 13 [3:29]
14. Chapter 14 [8:23]
15. Chapter 15 [4:57]
16. Chapter 16 [4:32]
17. Chapter 17 [6:45]
18. Chapter 18 [11:01]
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Disc #1 -- Anatema
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An epic story of war crimes committed during the Balcan War.

    By Courtney MacNeil<BR/><BR/>ANA(+)EMA<BR/>Particularly when one thinks of the very real context that grounds this fictional tale, the film is emotionally taxing. Ema¿s strength of character amidst such turmoil, however, inspires, and her story offers important insight into the inner realms of war. Sopi, like his protagonist, seeks to make known the realities of his nation¿s past and present, and to ignite questions that have otherwise been ignored. Through Ema¿s eyes, we see images through which we have known Kosovo ¿ guns, tanks, fires, corpses ¿ but also images of life amidst the battle that remind us of the complexity of human interactions. For Sopi, the word of war is one of stark polarity, in which the most repulsive and most tender behaviors simultaneously emerge; it is a world in which army generals bathe in rose-petaed water while children starve on the streets, but also one in which friendships are forged with exceptional loyalty, and in which the daily atrocities are sometimes redeemed, or at least lessened, by simple acts of kindness. Insightful and sincere, the film demands our attention, and urges us to take up Ema¿s quest for truth into our own hands.

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