The Sworn Virgin and the Girl

a film by Kristine Nrecaj, Birthe Templin

The Sworn Virgin and the Girl

Germany | 2019 | 43:00 min

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Sixty years ago Bedrie was born as a girl in Albania. Today she lives as a man. She is a sworn virgin. The tradition of sworn virgins started 600 years ago: if there were no sons, one of the daughters had to live as a man, to maintain the family. Some women have chosen this path because they wanted to be free. Bedrie couldn't accept the restrictions of a woman's life. One day she gets a call from the young Adele (26) living in Tirana. Adele is searching for her identity, she wants to live self-determined in patriarchal Albania. Adele hopes to get answers and Bedrie is proud to share.

A production of the Filmkantine UG on behalf of the ZDF in cooperation with arte, Commissioning Editor Ann-Christin Hornberger

30 Int. Filmfest Emden Norderney
Cast and Crew
  • Director Kristine Nrecaj, Birthe Templin
  • Producer Katrin Springer
  • Director of Photography Alfred Nrecaj
  • Editor Sven Heussner
  • Sound Arne Herrmann
  • Sound Design Arne Herrmann
  • Score André Feldhaus
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