Film Screening of Land of Songs
Join the Vilnius Committee of CSCI for an encore screening of the Lithuanian film Land of Songs, winner of the Audience Award at the 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival.
San Francisco-based filmmaker Aldona Watts, the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants, traveled to the village of Puvočiai in the region of Dainava (“Land of Songs”) to make this lovely, elegiac documentary. Its subject is five lively, charismatic močiutės (“grannies’) who are the last to sing the region’s traditional folk songs, steeped in its deep forests and rolling rivers, and in its long history of invasion and loss. As one močiutė says, “When hard times came, I never cried — I sang. Maybe that’s why they call this the Land of Songs.” In Lithuanian with English subtitles. Courtesy of the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania, Chicago. 2015, Aldona Watts, Lithuania/USA, 60 minutes, DCP digital.