Wild Flower

Fathia Bazi
Netherlands 2016 | 54 min | engl. subtitled
Sat, 01-Jun-19 01:30 PM
Q&A with: Fathia Bazi

She cooks bunch­es of sting­ing nettle, blows her nose loudly, can breathe fire when she talks, and was ugly even as a child, Lule says. But then Lule, who is a shep­herd, braids her hair and care­ful­ly puts on her tra­di­tion­al cloth­ing for her trip into town. Lule is a proud Bur­rne­sha, a woman who takes an oath not to marry or have chil­dren. As the youngest daugh­ter of an Alban­ian family of shep­herds, she was expect­ed to marry a much older man, but cir­cum­stances caused her to decide at an early age to live as a man and take over the role of the head of the family. She says it fit her char­ac­ter.
WILD FLOWER is an homage to a dying way of life: not only the tra­di­tion of the sworn virgin, but also of sheep farm­ing. Both are pro­found­ly con­nect­ed in this film. When a lamb Lule has raised her­self fol­lows her around, we see a glimpse of anoth­er world.

Best doc­u­men­tary, Tirana Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val 2016