In the process of moving house with his family, Anri Sala, an Albanian art student, discovered a twenty-year-old 16mm newsreel film, containing images of a congress of the Albanian Communist Party. In the film a young woman is seen making a speech, and later giving an interview. But Sala could not make out what she was saying, because the sound had been lost. With the passing of years this woman had left behind the hopes and fears, ideals and disappointments, deceptions and rebellions of her youth. She was his mother, Valdet. Intent on learning the contents of the speech and interview, which Valdet cannot remember, Sala takes the film to a school for the deaf in Tirana, and with the help of lip readers, his mother’s words are deciphered. Intervista dramatically captures the moment when Sala shows his mother a video of the film again. This time, with her words recovered and subtitled on the screen, she confronts her younger self, offering a moving opportunity for reflection on the country’s — and one woman’s — history and present state.