VOICE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE MARGIN OF THE WORLD
I met Elena Avdija in September 2014 during a film festival in Brest, France. She was presenting her documentary film „Do you like it better here or there?“ about young Albanians from Kosovo who were forced to leave Kosovo during the repression of Milošević regime. This film speaks from her experience and presents a foundation of Elena's authors interest. The thematic frame is broad, universal and contemporary, it includes topics like: relation to the tradition and modernity, dilemmas between ethnocentrism and multiculturalism, drama of contemporary identity for young people and role of individualism within the traditional society. She approaches these topics through the collective memory of ethnical violence, wars and exile from the post Stalinist Balkans which are very similar to the stories of other neo-colonial provinces of the contemporary world: Palestine, Syria, Ukraine etc. In that way author's voice of Elena Avdija is not only a voice of a young woman from Kosovo living in Western exile but it represents a voice of the young people from margine of the world. She reached the universality of her artistic language through uncompromising commitment to the truth, not afraid of open conflict with social norms. It is interesting that her film “Do you like it better here or there?” is shown on the both sides of recent ethnic war (Kosovo and Serbia) causing great interest and serving as a critical intercultural bridge. In today contemporary world we need more and more such bridges that offer social dialogue and open facing of the problems.