2013 Jewish Film Festival: Besa: The Promise

Photo courtesy of Jewish Community Center of Dallas

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will co-sponsor a screening of Besa: The Promise at the 17th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Dallas. In 1939 Albania gave asylum to Jews fleeing the Nazis. Albanians took the sacred oath – Besa – to protect these refugees. In 2002, Norman Gershman journeyed to Albania to photograph these heroes. There, he met Rexhep Hoxha, who was desperate to fulfill his father’s promise to return the sacred prayer books left behind by the Jewish family he saved. Deeply moved, Gershman offered to help him. Besa is a powerful documentary about the unknown bravery of the Albanians, many of them Muslims, who saved 2,000 Jews.

There will be a Q & A following the screening with the film’s editor, Christine Romero.



Jewish Community Center of Dallas
7900 Northaven Rd.
Dallas, TX 75230


$11 online at jcc.org, $13 at the door.
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