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Albania News:

School chief, production head arrested


Posted on Wednesday, February 25 @ 12:57:31 PST by classiclady

Albania News
    Staff and students at Albania’s Marubi academy of film and multi-media in Tirana are staging a strike
    Marubi school film - proteste
    and lock-in after police arrested the school’s rector, a professor and three students during violent protests sparked by a property dispute.

    By NICK HOLDSWORTH

    Kujtim Cashku, the film school’s rector was taken into custody along with director of productions Eol Cashku and the students in violent protests televised across the small former Communist republic situated on the Adriatic and Ionian seas to the north-west of Greece.

    Film School staff claim that one student fainted while being taken into custody and that police then proceeded to destroy a number of open air art installations ranged around a large cinema screen erected outside the academy.

    The dispute, last Saturday, was the culmination of months of simmering tensions between the academy, Albania’s first and only film school, and culture minister Ylli Pango over legal rights to the property in which the school is housed.

    Film school staff and students claim the government wants to flatten a sculpture park to make way for a carpark for use by an Albanian television channel.

    The art installations and large screen, situated in part of a former state film studio, had been put up recently by students in preparation for an International Human Rights Film Festival scheduled for March.

    The academy is appealing for international support in its battle with the government to retain control of its premises.



    “State police forces came to close our film academy under the pretext that we are using illegally part of our premises in the ex-Kinostudio,” the school said in a statement posted on its website.

    “This use of force is a violation of the Albanian constitution, education law and civic procedures.”

    “The Maribu academy remains as of now, still surrounded by police. The students and the professors are still on the premises continuing the strike. We intend to resist through it all, in order to keep alive the first and the only Academy of Film in Albania.”

    Iris Elezi, professor of film analysis, said: “The film school was a dream come true for all the younger generation of Albanians who wanted to study film. Now in its fifth year, just as we’ve started to see the fruits of our work — films made by our students have already been screened in prestigious festivals — our students had to face a brutal display of power by the state police, all so that our sculpture garden can be turned into a parking lot for the biggest TV channel in Albania.”

    The school has appealed for supporters to sign its online petition addressed to Albanian president Bamir Topi, calling for an end to police actions, immediate legalization of the film school premises and the resignation of the “Minister of ‘anti-culture’ Ylli Pango, who dares to equate culture and art to business,” the petition states.

    Bernd Buder, a Berlin-based freelance film program curator and festival consultant, and one of more than 800 people who have signed the online petition, said: “The Marubi film school does a very good job to skill a young generation of filmmakers, to establish international contacts and so to force the integration of Albania into the European context. The extraordinary efforts made by this school, its director Kujtim Cashku, its teachers and students, should get full support.”

    The Albanian ministry of culture could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

    Henry Breitrose, a communications professor at Stanford University, and one of more than 800 people worldwide who have signed the online petition, said: “The Marubi school is a serious film school that has been remarkably successful in providing high-quality education in film and media production.

    “It is organized as a public-private partnership, with support from the French, British, German, and American governments.

    “As I understand it, powerful people in the ruling party want to convert the facility, on the grounds of the former government film studio, to commercial housing and have been intransigent about negotiations for another venue.”

Published by ACLIS Feb 25, 2009

 
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