Author driven documentary “What we leave behind” (original “Liebe Oma, Guten Tag!”) is made from a need to talk in unspoken topics, look for answers and hopefully break taboos. It is a film, where two sisters from Lithuania – a filmmaker and a photographer – take a journey through their German grandmother’s past. During the research authors encounter her love story, fleeing, uncomfort of being German in Soviet Lithuania and chain of suicides in their family. It’s time to talk. About everything. Long journey, which leads in two directions – towards other person and yourself.
Jurate Samulionyte (1983) is one of a new generation of film directors in Lithuania. In 2007 Jurate received an MA in Film and TV Directing from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. Her short feature film NOROUTINE received a Silver Crane award for Best Lithuanian Short Film in 2008. Her documentaries and fiction shorts have been featured at various international festivals and been awarded a number of prizes. Jurate Samulionyte also works in different film projects as a director’s assistant, as well as in the field of film education.
Between 2004 and 2009, Vilma Samulionytė studied photography at the Film and Television School (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic. She has exhibited her work worldwide.