Release date:May 4, 2006
Studio:Red Diaper Productions
Director:Teona Strugar Mitevska
Screenwriters:Matthew Bardin, Teona Strugar Mitevska
Starring:Labina Mitevska, Milan Tocinovski, Dzevdet Jasari, Silvija Stojanovska, Kiril Korunovski, Riste Stefanovski, Petar Mircevski, Toni Mihajlovski, Emil Ruben, Judy Harris, Dorotea Ognjanovska, Bajram Severdzan, Ertan Saban, Blagoja Spirkovski-Dzumerko
Mitsevska's first feature presents a slice of Macedonian life in 2001, the year the former Yugoslav republic skirted civil war with its ethnic Albanian citizens. Presenting an affecting story of a brother and sister who love each other but have to bridge different political ideas and personal agendas effectively captures the tension of the time. Viola (Labina Mitevska, who played the young Albanian girl in "Before the Rain") returns from college in the U.S. moody and withdrawn. Guns are being fired and bombs exploding in Skopje, the city where her family lives. Her brother Kokan engages Viola as a cover in one of his pick-ups and their trip to the Albanian border to get a bag full of money turns into a harrowing homeward journey through police inspections and land mines. About the same time, Viola tells Kokan her secret: She has a baby daughter she left behind with a diplomat's family when she left for America.