This sweetly lyrical song of the earth records a trip taken by New York-based brothers Jonas and Adolfas Mekas (both filmmakers) to their small Lithuanian birth village of Semeniskiai for the first time in over 25 years following a displacement caused by World War II. The film reaches its height in a rapid poetic montage of images of people and places glad to receive loved ones who have briefly returned from exile. The clear and beautiful color 16mm scenes of reunited kin are accompanied by Jonas’s bittersweet narration that reflects on change and the meaning of home.
Jonas Mekas Jonas Mekas (1922-2019) was a Lithuanian-American poet, activist, film critic, and film and video artist. He specialized in the diary film, and his greatest works include ‘Diaries, Notes and Sketches’ - aka ‘Walden’ (1969), ‘Lost Lost Lost’ (1976), ‘As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty’ (2000), and ‘Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man’ (2012).