"Missing Portrait"| 22mins
Director: Lulzim Zeqiri | Producer: Lulzim Zeqiri
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: Kosovo
This documentary is about a primary school teacher who, besides teaching, was the only photographer in the village; he's been photographing at the same school and in his hometown for forty years in a row.
His story begins in 1960. Influenced heavily by the lost memories of his father who went missing World War II and whom he did not meet or see a picture of; thus, he is deprived from any childhood pictures of his father as a 17 year-old; after months of laboring hard, he saves money and decides to buy a camera, hoping to somehow be able to return to his childhood memories and to heal from an intimate pain; his story reflects a feeling of altruism, where he begins to photograph children, adults, and people of all ages in that village and especially in the school that he taught in.
Transforming his bedroom into a Darkroom, he begins his work as a self taught photographer, where photographing people becomes his passion and his method of healing others.