Reminescences d’un voyages en Lituanie /
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

Documentary, Lithuania, 1972, 82 mn, Colour / b/w, O/FS

by Jonas Mekas

The founder of the Anthology Film Archive, Jonas Mekas came to the United States in 1949. Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania is a three-part condensed loose narrative of his life so far. Part One is a montage of short films shot between 1950 and 1953 in his new country; Part Two consists of images from a trip to Lithuania in 1972 and the third part starts with a detour to Elmshorn, a suburb of Hamburg where his family was held in a forced labour camp during the war.

His return to his native Lithuania in 1972 was a chance for him to revisit the places that marked his early life and reminiscence with descendants of relatives left behind half a century ago.