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Intervista: Finding the Words

An Albanian film student discovers a twenty-year-old newsreel among his belongings, showing his mother giving a speech before a congress of the Albanian Communist Party. She is later interviewed as leader of the Communist Youth Alliance, but throughout the entire film the sound has been lost. After several attempts at recovering the deteriorating filmstrip, he takes it to a school for the deaf, and with the help of lip readers, his mother's words are deciphered. When the film is shown to her, with her words restored and subtitled on the screen, she is able to confront her youthful ideals and disappointments. It gives her (and the viewer) a dramatic opportunity to reflect on Albania's history and current chaos. A film by by Anri Sala. 1998. 26 min.

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