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Mushrooms of Concrete

Posted on 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We're Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

It’s so fascinating to see the ways in which countries rebound from trauma and shed their former selves. How war-ravaged cities like Warsaw and Berlin have rebuilt. Or how cities like St. Petersburg, which has been called by many different names throughout the years, continue to search for its identity. In this short film, we visit Albania, a country still reeling from four-decades of communist isolationism. Under the leadership of Enver Hoxha, who broke ties with former Soviet allies, a deep sense of collective paranoia prevailed. The scars of this paranoia and isolationism are visible in the more than 750,000 concrete bunkers Hoxha built to protect the country from an invasion that never came. While some bunkers have found new lives as restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions, others stand abandoned. Reminders of a painful past.

Produced by Martijn Payens

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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