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by Birgitte Stærmose


Burning buildings in a dense fog, a dead horse on a dusty road, people fleeing through harsh mountain landscapes. The opening images of Afterwar come from war-torn Kosovo in 1999. A dark chapter in modern European history draws to a close. After the war, children sell peanuts and cigarettes on the streets of Pristina to survive. They speak directly to us: “I’m only talking to you for one reason: I’m hungry! I’m so hungry I could eat your money!” In a film testimonial created over a period of 15 years, they transform into adults before our eyes. Yet the child still stares back at us from behind the adult gaze. Their everyday struggle for survival has become a struggle to even have a future. Haunted by memories of the past and caught in an uncertain state of limbo, they confront us with their innermost secrets and desires. Created in a close artistic collaboration with the cast, the film alternates between raw realism, staged performance and an existential meditation on the long-term repercussions of war.

international title: Afterwar
original title: Afterwar
country: Denmark, Kosovo, Sweden, Finland
year: 2024
genre: documentary
directed by: Birgitte Stærmose
film run: 85'
screenplay: Birgitte Stærmose
cinematography by: Marek Septimus Wieser, Troels N'Koya-Jensen
film editing: Stefan Sundlöf, Anne Østerud
music: Erik K Skodvin
producer: Lise Lense-Møller
co-producer: Visar Arifaj, Fredrik Lange, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
line producer: Gazmend Bajri
production: Magic Hour Films APS, Kabineti, Vilda Bomben Film, Oy Bufo Ab

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