REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
I don’t believe in ‘different truths’. Facts are facts.
Buka Magazin | Rediteljka filma “Pomirenje” za BUKU: Region se ne može pomiriti dok svako ima svoju verziju događaja, istina je samo jedna
In her beautiful documentary Reconciliation, Slovenian director Marija Zidar follows two families in northern Albania, shattered by the terrible murder of an 18-year-old girl. It tells the story of a country in transition, in which different value systems collide.
Le Courrier des Balkans | Cinéma: "Reconciliation" Ou comment briser le cercle des disputes familiales dans le nord de L'Albanie
A very touching story of a society that faced difficulties in transitioning into the future
because it was too close to the past. - Aleina Arsllani
Nistori | “Pajtimi”, dokumentari i cili përpiqet ta tregojë këtë botë ku sundon patriarkalizmi
"Reconciliation" is a documentary that does not simplify the complexity of the problem of the terrible tradition, but tries to present carefully, non-intrusively and objectively this world ruled by patriarchy. - Petra Brankovska
gledaj.mkc | „Помирување“ – неподносливата тешкотија во изборот помеѓу прошка и крвопролевање
Each shot of Zidar’s film bares the weight of what remains in the aftermath of the young girl’s death. - Bianca-Olivia Nita
Modern Times Review | How can one find the power to forgive?
A suspenseful and thought-provoking documentary …
The magnificent highland landscapes, elegantly shot by DoP and co-producer Latif Hasolli,
give the film and its theme an epic dimension. - Vladan Petković
Cineuropa | CPH:DOX 2021 Next:Wave Review: Reconciliation
While there may seem nothing in common between the streets of Minneapolis and the mountains of northern Albania, US civil rights and Balkan blood feuds, Zidar’s film illustrates a powerful connection: the extremely difficult, emotionally charged, sometimes political path to reconciliation. ... Carefully observed, nuanced and gripping. - Demetrios Matheou
Screen Daily | ‘Reconciliation’: CPH:DOX Review
Treading difficult waters, Zidar tells all of these vicissitudes with great sensitivity, opting for a low-profile camera work that allows her to catch the essence of a rural society profoundly bound by centuries-old laws and customs. - Davide Abbatescianni
Calvert Journal | 'In Reconciliation, a Balkan family is caught between preserving tradition and embracing forgiveness'
In her documentary, Zidar is depicting a deeply patriarchal society. As the menfolk of the rival families discuss the possibilities of reconciliation, the voices of the women aren’t heard. - Geoffrey Macnab
Business Doc Europe | CPH:DOX Next Wave: Reconciliation by Marija Zidar