FACES OF BALKAN
Cime is a legendary auto mechanic in Ohrid, Macedonia. He repaired my VW with closed eyes. He also showed me how to make Rakija.
Mithat Nalbandian normally lives in Peja, Kosovo. His job is dental technician. However, he created his own island, called Hotel Relaxx in the valley of Rugova. He goes there almost everyday. He was an alcoholist for many years. After quitting alcohol, he needed a place to relax and do something useful. He moves huge rocks and build strange monuments, and he also has a basketball training on his own field.
Jakim Bakule is simply a legend in his village Pestani, Macedonia. He was the former captain of the Macedonian football team, and he played for the Yugoslavian team, and also lived in Canada and Sweden. After retirement from football he moved back to the coast of Lake Ohrid, where he was born. Everyone loves him, however, he suffers because of his wife's terminal desease. He collects veteran Citroens.
Keq Marku, is a tattoo artist working in a bunker close to Koplik, Albania.
As part of the country’s ‘Bunkerisation Project’ between 1967–1986, bunkers were built all over the city, supposedly to protect the people living there. They were mostly used for fear, though, to show the people that there was always an enemy ready to attack, and ultimately they were all abandoned during the end of the Communist rule.
Keq, after living in a few different countries and learning how to tattoo in prison, bought some land that just happened to have a bunker on it. Rather than tearing it down or sold for scrap, Keq created a little tattoo shop inside of it, that he now works in.
Marcela is an 11 years old Albanian girl. She lives with his family in Shkodra. She usually spends summers in Theth which is a very isolated village in the Albanian Alps. His father, Sokol ( on the second picture ) has the oldest tower in the village that attracts many tourist. In the summertime, Marcela helps her family by speaking in english with tourist and guiding them.
Mio, pensioner, and holiday house owner in Ada Bojana, Montenegro
Tony Salias is a local fisherman in Himare, Albania. He loves the martial arts and smoking weed.