|Director: Suela Bako, Yllka Gjollesha|
Albania/United States, 2017, 53min
Format: Digital (screening) - HD (shooting)
Festival Year: 2018
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|Crew: ||Producers: Suela Bako, Yllka Gjollesha - Screenwriters: Suela Bako, Yllka Gjollesha
The “ LIGHT” film documentary deals with the life and work of well known Albanian photographer Gjon Mili, his beginnings as an
immigrant in America, the application of innovation and pioneering techniques in photography, his journey through his photos with
the famous people to Stop-Action Photograph of ‘Drop of Water’ as it Falls and Finally Splashes… the essence of life.
Suela Bako - Yllka Gjollesha (1985, Tirana). She studiet Graphic Designer at the University of Arts in
Lives in Tirana, works as an Ass. Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban
From 2016 she works as Editor In Chief at Albanian Radio and Television (RTSH2).
Yllka uses mixed media and film making to produce through her work an experience
made of poetic instances, or as the artist states ‘fragments of times … where is very
hard to find a point of reference’.
In Gjollesha’s visual work emotions are bonded to a notion of intimate silence,
impossible to reach in reality but almost perceptible with the way she
conducts the video camera. We don’t know if time compresses or rather explodes
when we are with her works.
What is sure is that we do not get lost because Gjollesha’s leads us inside the delicate
dimension of what often goes unnoticed or better, unperceived, in public moments
and spaces of everyday life. She has produced many video installation such as, Time /
Cycle / The Flag / Mute / Good Luck
She has participated in many solo exhibitions at various museums and galleries
including MuCEM Marseille, France, National Museum, Tirana,
Savina Gallery, Moscow, Russia, Museo Pino Paskali, Italy.
She has produced more than 7 nationally broadcast documentaries as “Light” / “The
architect of sound”
Script of “Dasaria” / Director and Script of 3 documentaries for Human Rights
Seven / A visit at Albanian Prisions / New beginning.
Four girls who lives in the respective countries where the well known photographer had his artistic career, showing everything through
reenactment and their personal impression.
Albania / Korça
The documentary starts with his birth place and how his family emigrated from Albania toward Romania in 1904. Dora is the personage
impressed from his photos and try to discover what Gjon Mili earned from his country.
Romania / Buchurest
Mili spent his childhood in Romania, attending Gheorghe Lazăr National College in Bucharest, later he migrated to United States in
1923. All this facts comes through a chorographer, Catalina. She lives in Romania and revives Gjon Milis photos through her dance
United State/ Ny/ Boston/ Stamford
Gjon Mili immigrated to the United States in 1923, and studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He
worked for Westinghouse as a lighting research engineer until 1938. Through experiments with Harold Edgerton at MIT he developed
tungsten filament lights for color photography; further innovations in stroboscopic and stop-action images brought his work to the
attention of Life.
Flori is a student lives and stady in New York, she loves his photos and she had heard that Gjon Milis’s name and work are famous in
America but Flory want to know exactly what the archives contains there.
France / Paris
France is the most preferred country by the photographer, Iris had discovered the place were Gjon Mili meet the Picasso and drew with the light.