Made by Adolfas Mekas and Pola Chapelle, the film is about childhood memories and life’s harships and the durability of families. In 1971, after a twenty-seven year absence, Adolfas and his brother Jonas returned to their birthplace in Lithuania. They had left Lithuania as young men, destined for a German labor camp. now they came home, Adolfas with his wife, the singer Pola Chapelle, and in the long northern summer days they sang and walked across golden fields and feasted at crowded tables with family and friends. There are flowers for the dead and for the living in this film; it is full of flowers and songs.
In 1971 Adolfas founded the Peoples’ Film Department at Bard College. In the years before his academic tenure, Mekas was an active writer, scholar, and filmmaker. He co-founded (along with his brother Jonas) and edited “Film Culture” Magazine from 1953-1976. His extensive filmography includes “Hallelujah the Hills” and “Going Home, ” a personal documentary about his journey to native country Lithuania, his first return since he and his brother survived the country’s WWII Nazi invasion. With the continued blessing of St. Tula, the patron saint of cinema, Mekas continues to teach film at Bard College in the Hudson River Valley where he lives with his wife Pola Chapelle.