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Enzian to Participate in Community Collaboration Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

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Enzian to participate in community collaboration commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht by hosting a screening of BESA: The Promise



This special program is being held as part of Central Florida’s Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht – the beginning of Hitler’s Final Solution. A remarkable group of arts and cultural organizations are hosting a series of events to promote respect and diversity in our society, and to empower our community to speak out against injustice.  More information about the community-wide collaboration is online at


Directed by Rachel Goslins
USA, 2012, In English w/subtitles,86 minutes, Unrated

BESA: THE PROMISE is the never-before-told story of the Muslims of Nazi-occupied Albania who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II. It’s witnessed through the prism of two men joined together in a remarkable and unexpected quest: Norman H.  Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer determined to record the bravery and compassion of the Albanians; and Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian toy shop owner who sets out to return three precious books to the last surviving member of the Jewish family his father sheltered sixty years before.  When these two men meet, an extraordinary and utterly unexpected personal drama is set in motion – one that bridges generations and religions…uniting fathers and sons…Muslims and Jews.

Join us for a post screening discussion with Majlinda and Arian Myrto, both renowned Muslim Albanian-Americans.

Majlinda is the Director of the Eye Contact Foundation, an organization that promotes tolerance and understanding through portrait photography. She will speak about the role that BESA, an Albanian Honor Code, played in sheltering and saving thousands of Jews in Albania during the Holocaust.

Arian will speak about how his family sheltered and saved Josef Jakoel and his sister, Keti, from October 1943, shortly after Albania was occupied by the Germans, until its liberation in November 1944.

This presentation is a joint production of Enzian, the Holocaust Center, and the Global Peace Film Festival.


November 3rd, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Discussion to follow the film


1300 South Orlando Avenue
Maitland,  FL 32751

$10* General Admission

*Passes and discounts cannot be used for this event.  Table reservations cannot be made for this event. 

INFO: Enzian is Central Florida’s only full-time, not-for-profit cinema for first-run independent and international film, classic revivals, documentary features, and select family entertainment. Enzian, a member-supported organization serving the community for more than 28 years, is home to the Florida Film Festival and Eden Bar.  For additional information, visit or call general information at (407) 629-1088.

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