The Flag Bearer (original title: Der Bergfürst) is a documentary film that was produced by polyeides medienkontor, BR and HFF Munich, directed by Philip Vogt.
Zef Sokoli Vladaj, Lezja Vladaj, Vladimir Vladaj, Kol Vladaj, Sokol Vladaj and more
written by Max Mönch and Philip Vogt
dop: Gerd Breiter
sound recordist: Konstantin Kirilow
producer: Matthias Zuber
music: Nikko Weidemann and Martin Wenk
translator: Sidlir Shkembi
(C)polyeides medienkontor münchen berlin/BR/HFF Munich 2010
Zef Sokoli is the Bajraktar of the Dukagjin—“the flagbearer,” who calls his men together with a rifle shot and leads them to war when someone threatens his mountain villages in Northern Albania.
He still receives members of various tribes in the house of his ancestors, mediating between them when there are arguments—or another blood feud. But his kingdom is falling apart. More and more mountain people feel the call of the valleys. Even the Bajraktar’s heirs, his three sons, are down in the city looking for work and a future. But one of them must inherit his father’s legacy—it’s tradition.