Nancy at the Cafe Chat
By Nancy Phelps
I had never thought of Peja, Kosovo as an ideal holiday spot but when I was invited to be on the International Jury of Anibar International Festival, the 22nd through the 27th of August, 2012, I discovered how wrong I was. Peja is a lovely small town of 60,000 people surrounded by a beautiful mountain range known as the Balkan Alps with a lovely stream running through the center of town. You can take a small motorized train up into the mountains from the town square.
A Heritage Museum is situated in an urban house dating from the 18th century that contains examples of regional clothing, beautifully crafted jewellery, musical instruments, and every day household items from the past. The town also hosts a large open air market twice a week as well as the oldest mosque in Kosovo and a monastery located in the mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Anibar had four screening venues, one indoor Cinema and three outdoor screening areas. Films were shown in the Cinema during the day but in the warm evenings the action moved outdoors. The opening and closing presentations and two evening screenings were held at the downtown open air screen which was easily accessible to everyone.