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Children: Kosovo 2000

A "personal view" of postwar Kosovo by visiting Hungarian documaker Ferenc Moldovanyi, "Children: Kosovo 2000" is a well-intentioned slice of social reportage that doesn't sustain its feature length.

(Albanian and Serbian dialogue.)

A “personal view” of postwar Kosovo by visiting Hungarian documaker Ferenc Moldovanyi, “Children: Kosovo 2000” is a well-intentioned slice of social reportage that doesn’t sustain its feature length.

Potentially more effective at 60 rather than the current 90 minutes, item could be a useful pickup for serious-minded Euro webs, though viewer fatigue with Balkan conflicts may prompt buyer caution.

Avidly nonjudgmental in approach, and rightly avoiding the politics of the affair, pic is essentially a study of loss — of parents (often the father), friends, identity and a sense of homeland — through the eyes of a small bunch of young Albanians and Serbs interviewed in Mitrovica, a city split north and south along ethnic lines. Teenagers (and younger) tell grinding tales of family gunned down and retribution killings, and film ends chillingly with a young Serb almost offhandedly vowing revenge one day on Albanians for murdering her father. Prevailingly grim, one-note tone is briefly varied in the middle section, where an Albanian tyke hosts her own Sunday phone-in radio program for wartime horror stories.

Technically, docu is no-frills hand-held. Original title is the Serbian and Albanian words for “children.”

Children: Kosovo 2000


Production: An Engram Film production, in association with Hungarian Television, with participation of RTBF (Belgium). (International sales: Engram, Budapest.) Produced, executive produced, directed by Ferenc Moldovanyi.

Crew: Camera (B&W/color), Andras Nagy; editor, Marta Revesz; music, Tibor Szemzo. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 15, 2001. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: (Albanian and Serbian dialogue.)

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