Antoneta Kastrati with Casey Cooper Johnson
Marriage in Kosovo remains one of the most rigid social institutions. Recently, parliament rejected a motion to allow same-sex couples to form civil partnerships. Less than 25 per cent of members voted in favour of the new law. The majority of households are still highly patriarchal.
Yet as Antoneta Kastrati and Casey Cooper Johnson show with their documentary, the tide is (very) gradually turning. The film accompanies four couples from different generations, regions and lifestyles in their day-to-day life, exploring how they deal with the challenges they face, from arranged marriages to infidelity, from childrearing to economic dependency.
Over the course of the film, the protagonists’ desires, expectations and disappointments come to the fore. What emerges is an in-depth insight into the precarity and complexity of love between people bonded together by social and economic needs.
As a married couple directing duo, for both Antoneta Kastrati (1981, RKS) and Casey Cooper Johnson (1974, US) the theme of marriage (roles, trust and love) in Kosovo has been of great interest for sociological and personal reasons. Through their work, they wanted to not only document the wide spectrum of marriage customs, which until recently had been more uniform, but also to question the still patriarchal institution that governs love.
Antoneta Kastrati (born 1981 in Zahaq, lives in Los Angeles) & Casey Cooper Johnson (born 1974 in California, lives in Los Angeles)
Dasmat dhe Pampersat [Weddings and Diapers]
Film, 49.00 min.
Courtesy of the artists