Anatema (2006)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Albania, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

Expelled from her homeland and determined to seek out the daughter she was once forced to abandon, Kosovar journalist Emma Berisha sets out on a harrowing journey to reclaim her life in director Agim Sopi's accound of the horrific atrocities committed during the Balcan War. Emma was working with American journalists Laura and David Schwartz when was broke out in Kosovo. Somehow, in the midst of all the chaos, the three journalists just barely manage to escape the invading Serbian forces. After reporting to the local news agency, the trio learns that NATO forces are about to intervene and that all Americans are to be evacuated immediately. Though Laura and David implore Emma to flee with them, she refuses to leave her homeland until she has locates with her missing fiancé Edi. Immediately after Emma and Edi are reunited the Serbian forces begin a forced exodus of the Kosovar population, prompting Emma, Edi, and his family to flee for Pristine. Just as they began to think that they were safe in the remote village, invading Serbian forces throw Emma in with the other Kosovar women. There, the prisoners are gang raped before ultimately being expelled into Albania. According to the Red Cross, Edi is being detained in a Serbian prison in Nish. When the fighting has ceased, a pregnant Emma returns to Kosovo to find that it has been completely destroyed. Emma longs for that day that Edi will be released from prison, and soon gives birth to a baby girl she names Ana. But while Emma's family implores the new mother to get rid of the child, the new mother is determined to care for her baby the best that she can. Ultimately, Emma is forced to place Ana in an orphanage until she can properly care for the girl. It's during that time that David returns to Kosovo, and pays Emma for the work she conducted before the war. Now possessing the money needed to provide for her young daughter, Emma embarks on a desperate journey to locate Ana before the helpless girl falls prey to human traffickers.



Albania, baby, Balkans, chaos, journalism, Kosovo, orphanage, rape, war