House with a Voice

House With a Voice

26th TIDF: World Premiere

House With a Voice tells the story of six Burrneshas who, for different reasons, have decided to take on the social role of men. They have done this to circumvent patriarchal structures, to avoid misogynistic attacks, to support the family economically, to avoid compelled marriage and to be free. Our characters communicate with us intimately as they talk about their lives and bring us closely into their personal journey. They speak about freedom and oppression, about the promise of sacrificing their lives for the sake of their families’ survival. But also about the breaking of gender barriers and the power of the human mind to decide who we want to be. The film turns stereotypes and projections of gender discussions upside down. The Burneshas expand our awareness of human life and its universal conditions but in the end their story shows that the essences of life, which are identified as female, are held as less valuable, even less worth living. And that this remains so, worldwide.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Kristine Nrecaj, Birthe Templin
Cinematography: Alfred Nrecaj
Editing: Evelyn Rack
Production: Filmkantine
Producers: Katrin Springer
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 2024
Duration: 85'
Contact: Filmkantine

Kristine Nrecaj


2003 Kosowo (mid-length)
2014 Of Dogs and Lions (short fiction)
2018 The Sworn Virgin and the Girl (co-direction)
2021 Noa – Remembering Against Forgetting (mid-length)
2024 House with a Voice (co-direction)

Birthe Templin


2004 Lübbo's Wife is Waiting (short fiction)
2009 What Remains (mid-length)
2017 The Sunshine You Give (short)
2018 The Sworn Virgin and the Girl (co-direction, mid-length)
2024 House with a Voice (co-direction)