Man of Soil

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Man of Soil
Movie poster shows a woman in the ocean swimming to the right. Below her is a large shark, and only its head and open mouth with teeth can be seen. Within the image is the film's title and above it in a surrounding black background is the phrase "The terrifying motion picture from the terrifying No. 1 best seller." The bottom of the image details the starring actor and lists credits and the MPAA rating.
Directed byAgim Sopi
Produced byKosova Film, Prishtinë
Screenplay byAgim Sopi, Fadil Hysaj
StarringAbdurrahman Shala, Bislim Muçaj, Lumnije Muçaj, Teuta Rrahmani.
Music byRauf Dhomi
CinematographyMenduh Nushi
Edited byAgron Vula
Distributed byAS Film Production
Release date
November 12, 1984
Running time
102 minutes
CountryKosovo
LanguageAlbanian

Man of Soil (Albanian: Njeriu Prej Dheu) is a 1984 Kosovar drama-thriller film directed by Agim Sopi.[1] The movie is about the Albanian immigrants in Turkey, their struggle to adjust to the new lands and their yearning for the motherland. The director accurately portrays the gloomy atmosphere that prevailed during those times. The score for the film was composed by the renowned Kosovo-born, Albanian composer Rauf Dhomi.[2]

Plot[edit]

Sokol, the man at the middle age, pursued from the government, together with his family, emigrates from Kosova to Turkey. There he faces with the foreign and unknown world. His son Bardhi, emigrates again from Turkey to Germany in order to work and keep his family alive. Sokol, remains in Turkey to look after his son’s wife and children. After a while Sokol’s wife dies and he remains alone with his son’s family. His daughter in law, the wife of Bardhi, does an intemperate life, the double life, which Sokol can not accept it. He is completely lonely. Everyday he walked along the sea, dreaming of his return homeland, return to Kosova. After some time, being sick from the melancholy, he leaves his last will to his son that when he dies, his bones to be returned in his country, in Kosova. And the day after, he leaves for Kosova, but he can not even pass the sea. He dies near of one cliff of the Black Sea. When he dies, in his village in Kosova, there are some news that Sokol has been returned from emigration. The phantom of Sokol meets with his sister who went mad when her child died, and his brother, Malo. In Sokol’s eyes, nothing looks as it used to be. The lands has changed their restrictions, the people of his age died long time ago. His youth age has been vanished completely from that side of the world. He keeps walking like a shadow, trying to reconstruct his past. After a period of time, his son Bardhi, returns in the village carrying a suitcase, in which he has brought the bones of his father from Turkey, to bury them in his homeland. There is created a mystery if Sokol has really died and returned home as a phantom or he has been returned home alive…

Cast[edit]

  • Abdurrahman Shala - Sokol
  • Bislim Muçaj - Bardh (Sokol's son)
  • Lumnie Sopi - Tringa (Bardhi's village sweetheart)
  • Teuta Rrahmani - Hana (Sokol's sister)
  • Skënder Tafaj - Mala (Sokol's brother)
  • Xhevat Qorraj - Rrap (villager)
  • Avdush Hasani - Mema (villager)
  • Ramadan Malaj - Burri (Mala's younger son)
  • Hazir Myftari - unnamed (Mala's older son)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mehmetaj, Gani (2005). Magjia e ekranit: kritikë filmi (in Albanian). Kosovafilmi. p. 146.
  2. ^ "Historiku i Kosovafilmit" (in Albanian). Kosovan Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 5 January 2016.

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