sheikhhspeare asked: Hi! I am albanian myself and thank you so much for revealing this unknown piece of history. Great job! I would jut like to ask you how's there no movie to watch it online, why don't you just put it up! :)
Hello, and thanks for writing. The film is currently in a festival run while we look for a distributor. The next step is to get it into theatres, then it will go to broadcast, and finally it becomes available for streaming and DVDs. Keep your fingers crossed someone decides to distribute the film soon. We want the world to see it!
Heartland Film Festival 2012: “This movie shares a little-known chapter of history and gives honor to a courageous small nation that stood strong against the Germans and risked everything to do the right thing.”
Calgary Jewish Film Festival: “This little-known and incredibly uplifting story challenges today’s assumptions about the presumed enmity between Muslims and Jews and eloquently reminds us that good people can prevail, even in the face of evil.”
At a post-film discussion, United States Holocaust Museum historian Dr. Edna Friedberg with Johanna Neumann, who was rescued in Albania during the Holocaust.
“Once again this was a wonderful experience to see the film BESA at the ISNA Convention. No matter how often I see the film and tell the story of our rescue in Albania by a Moslim Albanian family, I relive our life in Albania over and over again! I love to be able to talk about these wonderful people, who through their compassion, courage and valor upheld the honor of the human race! The Albanian people filled the moral void that engulfed the world in those days, they were among the few shining stars!”
Besa: The Promise featured on CNN Sunday Newsroom.
“Somehow my mother had found out that the king of Albania, King Zog, told his border police that if Jews came and wanted to enter the land, not to ask questions but to let them come in.”
~ Johanna Neumann on being rescued in Albania during the Holocaust