News 13 Feb 17

Kosovo-Shot Refugee Film Wins British Award

‘Home’, a drama shot in Kosovo about a British family forced by war to become refugees, won the best short film prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.

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A scene from the film 'Home'.

Daniel Mulloy’s 20-minute film ‘Home’, which was intended to deepen public understanding of the plight of people fleeing conflict zones amid the current refugee crisis, won the BAFTA Best Short Film award on Sunday.

The film, starring Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger, was mostly shot in the Kosovo villages of Janjeva and Gracanica.

Mulloy has said he was partly inspired by the experiences of his partner, who fled the Kosovo war as a refugee.

He was also inspired by meeting a refugee family who had been sent back to Kosovo after trying to reach the EU.

“I then returned to the UK, billboards were up on streets that were overtly racist and our politicians were dehumanising those fleeing war zones, referring to them as ‘swarms’ and living in ‘jungles’. The film grew out of the fact that I wanted to respond,” Mulloy said in an interview last year.

Several Kosovo Albanians worked on ‘Home’, including well-known actress Arta Dobroshi, best known for her role in the 2009 film ‘Lorna’s Silence’, Shpat Deda, Eroll Bilibani, Mrine Godanci and Elmedina Morina.

After the film was given the award, Shpat Deda wrote on Twitter: “Beyond words! This one is coming #HOME.”

Kosovo’s ambassador to the US, Vlora Citaku, also welcomed the award.

“It is art and sports that is bringing joy and hope to our young Republic. The best ambassadors we could ever dream of. So proud,” Citaku wrote on Facebook.

This is the second time that a UK-Kosovo cinematic cooperation has resulted in major success, after the short film ‘Shok’, directed by a British film-maker with a Kosovo Albanian cast and producer, was nominated for an Oscar last year.

Home - Trailer from Factory Studios on Vimeo.

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