CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Vera Dreams of the Sea
(Vera Andrron Detin)

Year: 2021
Language: Albanian
Run Time: 87 minutes

Vera Dreams of the Sea
Vera Dreams of the Sea
Vera Dreams of the Sea
Vera Dreams of the Sea

As a sign language interpreter, Vera often speaks for others, but less so for herself. This time will be different. When her husband Fatmir takes his own life, the Kosovo community mourns the loss of its well-respected judge. Condolences flood in, but Vera also receives a visit from Fatmir’s cousin Ahmet, who claims Fatmir promised him the couple’s home in the nearby village before his death. With no written proof of her husband’s alleged wishes, Vera is resistant. She instead hoped to pass on the home to her daughter, even if it opposes the village’s antiquated tradition of male-only heirs. Ahmet persists, and other men from the village insist Ahmet is the rightful owner. Chain smoking her way through a fog of grief and suspicion, Vera’s resistance is soon met with threats and ultimatums, and the mounting pressure has placed her in grave danger. Infuriating and empowering, VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA chronicles Vera’s relentless battle to protect herself and her female family’s future from the grip of the repressive patriarchy. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Westfield Studio Theatre

Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 11:55 AM

Friday, April 08, 2022 at 4:55 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

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George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Kaltrina Krasniqi

Shkumbin Istrefi

Doruntina Basha

Sevdije Kastrati

Vladimir Pavlovski, Kaltrina Krasniqi

Principal Cast
Teuta Ajdini Jegeni, Alketa Sylaj, Astrit Kabashi, Refet Abazi

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Northeast Ohio Translators Association

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