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Film-maker Jonas Mekas laid to rest in native Lithuania
In this file photo taken on October 13, 2016 writer/film subject Jonas Mekas takes part in a Q&A following the "I Had Nowhere To Go" screening during the 54th New York Film Festival at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater in New York City. Lithuanian-born American director Jonas Mekas, one of the leading figures of avant-garde cinema in the United States, died January 23, 2019. He was 96 years old. "Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning," the New York-based Anthology Film Archives, which Mekas co-founded, posted on Instagram, saying he died at home with his family." He will be greatly missed but his light shines on." Born in 1922 in a northeastern Lithuanian village, Mekas was imprisoned in a labor camp in Germany during World War II. He later settled in New York in 1949, where he went on to become a pillar of independent film. Michael loccisano / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

VILNIUS (AFP).- The ashes of Lithuanian-born American filmmaker Jonas Mekas were buried back in his home country on Sunday, months after his death in New York, public broadcaster LRT reported.

In a private ceremony, his ashes were buried next to his parents at a cemetery in Semeniskiai, northeastern Lithuania, where he was born in 1922.

Mekas was a key figure of US underground cinema and was widely regarded as the "godfather of avant-garde cinema".

After being imprisoned in a labour camp in Germany during World War II, Mekas settled in New York in 1949, where he went on to become a pillar of independent film.

"He has always been deeply connected to Lithuania through the memory dimension in his films and his Lithuanian poetry," art critic Lolita Jablonskiene told AFP.

At the time of his death at age 96 on January 23, Mekas was still the artistic director of New York's Anthology Film Archives, which he co-founded in 1970.

© Agence France-Presse

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