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Shkololli, Erzen. Kosovo. 2002.
- Found on compilation title:
- New Video, New Europe: Programs 3-4
- Shkololli, Erzen
Short.   11 minutes..   color.
- No subtitles.
- Experimental / Avant Garde; Video Production; Performance
- Sound. No subtitles. From the Renaissance Society description: Playing the role of ethnographer, Erzen Shkololli presents footage of a Romany wedding ritual that occurred near his home in Peja. Kanagjeci (girls night) or Night of Kona (the night the girl cries), takes place on the eve of the wedding. Female friends and relatives gather for a mixture of celebration and mourning as the bride will leave her family. Even if the bride-to-be is happily engaged to a man of her choice, leaving the family is still expected to be grievously acknowledged. This intimate footage is dominated by an intense elegiac tone as a veiled, histrionic bride solicits collective weeping, flailing and wailing throughout a room filled to capacity. The piece ends as the bride settles down long enough for a print of her hennaed hands as custom warrants. Despite their concentration in the Balkans, Romany communities occupy a marginal status in every country. Footage this intimate is difficult to obtain. Shkololli selected this footage from amongst many hours of video from videographers within the Romany community who earn money recording such occasions as family keepsakes.