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Central Mass Jewish Film Festival - "Besa: The Promise"

Date: January 26, 2014Time: 2:00 pm
Location:  Show map Nortre Dame Academy, Worcester Cuvilly Auditorium
425 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Contact: Nancy GreenbergPhone: 508-756-7109 x 232Email: [email protected]

In 1939, when the rest of Europe turned its back, King Zog announced that all Jews residing in Albania could obtain citizenship and receive asylum. But the Nazi’s invaded, sending the king into exile and putting the Jews in jeopardy. In response Albanian families, most of them Muslim, gave their sacred oath, known as the ancient besa, to protect the refugees. In 2002, American photo journalist Norman Gershman journeyed to Albaniato find and photograph Albanians who had rescued Jews during World War II. There he met Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian toy shop owner who had been searching for the Bulgarian Jewishf amily, the Abadjens, sheltered by his father sixty years earlier. The film features Gershman’s striking portraits, award-winning cinematography, and an original score by Philip Glass. Rezarta Reso, whose family was involved in the rescue effort, will speak following the film. Rezarta was born in Tirana, Albaniain 1963 and immigrated to Worcester in 1995. She works at the Worcester Public Library as a youth services librarian. Co-sponsored by The Women’s Guild of St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church.

Director: Rachel Goslins, USA 2012, 86 minutes. Albanian/Hebrew with English subtitles.

Fee:  $12


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