A woman who is raped and gives birth to a child in war torn Kosovo, struggles to keep her child.







Credited cast:
Lumnie Sopi ...
Ema Berisha
Doug Barron ...
David Schwartz
Blerim Gjoci ...
Komandant Shpati
Enver Petrovci ...
Colonel Lilich
Blerta Syla ...
Arta Muçaj ...
Çun Lajçi ...
Rikard Ljarja
Kushtrim Sheremeti ...
Kolonel Djordjevic
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Bislim Muçaj ...


Kosovar journalist Ema Berisha, working with two American journalists Laura and David Schwatz report from war torn Kosova. When the war reaches its highest peak the Americans are ordered to flee. They unsuccessfully try to persuade Ema to leave Kosova with them, but Ema is determined to stay. Upon returning home to marry. On her wedding night Serbian forces oust the refugee camps. The soldiers rape Emma. She becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl, which she names Ana. She is abandoned by her husband, and friends for not getting rid of the child. Unable to feed her baby, reluctantly she puts her into an orphanage. The American journalist David returns with Ema's payment for her work. With this new capital she runs to the orphanage to retrieve her child only to discover it is close. She discovers that children are taken to a monastery to be sold, with the help of Doresa, the American David and the Kosovar Komandant Shpati she attempts to save her child. Written by Doug Barron

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Headache-Inducingly Putrid Propaganda Film
28 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

History and politics aside, Anatema stinks. I saw this at a film festival a couple of years ago and remember it as probably the most grueling movie-going experience of my life. Anatema is one of those self-righteous duds that seeks to dictate to you exactly how you're supposed to feel about everything. If it wants you to feel outraged and saddened (which it usually does), it shows you a row of orphaned girls crying on cue, etc, etc.

Anatema was bad, beyond bad, so relentlessly depressing and tasteless it brought tears to my eyes. I sat miserably, stupefied, twitching and sweating with the effort of stifling my giggles. I didn't know whether to laugh out loud or slash my wrists, and the only reason I didn't run screaming out of the theater is that some person connected with the production was in attendance, and I didn't want to humiliate him.

If you feel passionately about the atrocities depicted in Anatema, you should abhor this film for trivializing the subject, turning it into an unwatchable exercise in cheapjack manipulative propaganda.

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