Private Project

Like Aphrodite

A second generation Albanian migrant in Greece, Anisa Xhomaqi, follows her mother, Aphrodite from her cleaning job to a trip with other Albanian women in Southern Greece. A tender and caring view of a generation of migrants who are usually seen as working precarious jobs, Like Aphrodite focuses through a different lens: Leisure, as a way to connect, to resist and organise against work exploitation and racism. Through visual metaphors and polyphonic sounds, the film is a poetic start of a research of the Albanian migration in Greece by the filmmaker.

  • Anisa Xhomaqi
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    ethnographic, short, documentary
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2023
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  • Language:
    Albanian, Modern Greek (1453-)
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Universiteit van Amsterdam
Director Biography - Anisa Xhomaqi

Anisa Xhomaqi also known as Ani Jo, was born in Tirana in 1993, has been photographing and creating visual art since she was very young. From high school years she took pictures for Soul Magazine in Greece where she grew up. She later studied Photography and Audiovisual Arts of Athens University of Applied Sciences and at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, Italy. Participated in photography exhibitions and festivals such as Athens Photo Festival (Young Greek Photographers of 2015 & 2019), Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia 2018), Kythera Photo Encounters (Greece 2013 & 2016), Home Festival Treviso (Italy 2014), Biennale of Mediteranean Artists (Greece 2011). Xhomaqi's latest work also include short documentaries for socially engaged projects and also her personal documentary 'Like Aphrodite' completed during the Master's of Visual Anhtropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Currently, Xhomaqi is based as a freelance photographer and filmmaker in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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