a documentary about post-war reconciliation in Kosovo presented through a journey in the country’s railways

The "Movement of Freedom Train" began running through the north and south of Kosovo after the Balkan war. Hasan, who is Albanian is the oldest conductor of the train. While Milos, who is Serbian is the youngest in the company. Together, they work day in and day out, learning to make peace by riding through ethnically divided lines.

Train of Freedom, is an open forum for the voices of all communities alike, seeking to explain the realities that deal with division, reconciliation and economic consequences. The film portrays passengers, conductors, ticket takers and workers who ride the train daily. These are the people that set an example of the hopes and challenges for the future Kosovar society.

Since 1874, the train has traveled amazing journeys. At its peak, it transported passengers in luxury cabins in trips that stretched from Greece to Germany. During the war, dark times made their mark when nearly one million Albanians were driven away by Serbian forces who ran a campaign of ethnic cleansing, many of which were forced into packed train cars and taken to the border with Macedonia.

Today, the train aims to reconcile and integrate the different ethnic groups that were affected by the war. It is one of the very few places in Kosovo where Albanians, Serbs, Gypsie Romas and Ashkalis share a common place. Meet the people, hear their stories and learn first hand the hopes and challenges of this new nation.


Barry Gifford is an internationally-renowned novelist, poet, and screenwriter. Amongst his best-known works are the novels and films Wild at Heart and Lost Highway, and Perdita Durango made into a feature film by spanish director Alex de la Iglesia. ABC

Martin Parr has worked on numerous photographic projects. He has an international reputation for innovative imagery, a unique approach to social documentaries, and has made a huge contribution to the photography culture in the UK and abroad. Martin is a full member of Magnum Photographic Corporation.


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