Remembering the Others

Remembering the Others is a documentary film about the meaning and social and political power of public monuments. In the film students, artists, theoreticians and activists from Prishtina, Kosovo talk about the meaning of monuments. They give answers to questions like: Which people have the privilege to be represented in monuments? Why there are almost no monuments dedicated to women in Kosovo? And which other people (marginalized groups) and stories are excluded in such monuments?

The documentary searches for common ground concerning the characteristics the existing monuments portray and which characteristics, people, groups of people are left out. Uncovering in this way a stereotypical and traditional idea of the monumental representation and a conservative way of thinking about monuments and what they represent. Or in other words a conservative and limited idea of who and how to represent in monuments.

The film states that if the (hi)stories of marginalized groups are hushed, and the (hi)stories that have visibility are not questioned, the result will always be a misleading sense of normality. A status quo that creates a platform that gives certain groups the push to the top positions and other groups the push to oblivion, all accompanied by a deceptive sense of fairness and normality.