Mexico / Albania
Three sparks
93 MIN

This film in three parts explores traditions in rural Albania and the role of women in society. The project begins by describing the filmmaker’s relationship to the country and an unwanted personal sacrifice which solidifies this connection. The film moves into a poetic portrayal of village life and the roles of women in society and concludes with a video piece, revealing the villager’s active participation in their own depiction.

Cast & Crew
Producer(s): Naomi Uman
Director: Naomi Uman
Script: Naomi Uman
Director of Photography: Naomi Uman
Sound: Naomi Uman, Homero Glez
Edit: Naomi Uman
Voice: Sarmen Almond

Naomi Uman
Naomi Uman (born 1962, New York) has lived in Ukraine and Mexico for many years. Her work is composed of intimate portraits of others and her own participation and influence on these representations. Many of her homemade, analogical films focus on the role of women and handiwork. She poetically and intimately explores the lives of others, while simultaneously revealing herself, her biases and her active participation in the projects. She works mainly in 16 millimetre film, hand-processing when important to the content of the work.

Naomi has made twenty films which have shown in festivals and museums worldwide. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundations, among others. She currently resides in Mexico City as a Mexican citizen and her last film Three Sparks (2023) is financially supported by a grant from the Mexican Secretary of Culture.

Love of 3 Oranges (short, 1993), La mano poderosa (short, 1995), Leche (short, 1998), Removed (short, 1999), Grass (short, 1999), Private Movie (short, 2000), Hand Eye Coordination (short, 2002), The Tin Woodman's Home Movie #2 (short, 2002), Mala Leche (2003), Unnamed Film (2008), Clay (short, 2008), Kalendar (short, 2009), On This Day (short, 2009), Vikna (short, 2009), 2009 Coda (short, 2009), Videodiary (2010), Leon en Leon 2017 (short, 2017), Boom Boom Boom (short, 2018), Three sparks (2023)