Sunday, March 1, 2009

Divorce Albanian Style wins award

I was more than delighted to receive the recent news that the film "Divorce Albanian Style" won a Special Commendation at the 2008 PRIX EUROPE for Best Television Documentary.

The film documentary"Divorce Albanian Style" by Adela Peeva (Bulgaria, 2007, in Albanian-Russian-Polish) is a heart-rending film that reveals the experience of several thousands of Albanian families who were forcibly separated for marrying foreigners by the totalitarian regime of Albania's Enver Hoxha, the longest-serving dictator of the 20th century. It tells the story of love and forced separation that takes place in the surreal world of 1960s communist Albania as told by survivors of this extraordinary period.

Many of these "mixed marriage" couples were imprisoned for many years - the last person was released as recently as 1987. The film tells the stories of three of these Albanian-Foreign National couples, and of the apparatchiks and officers of Albania's secret police who changed their lives forever.

Films of Adela Peeva were always considered controversial and have been shown at over 50 international film festivals winning many other major awards.

The Frosina Information Network served as Sponsor of "Divorce Albanian Style" when it was screened at the Remis Auditorium at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts on March 8, 2008. A reception for the Director, Adela Peeva, was held after the screening at the well-known VLORA restaurant located in Boston's Copley Square owned by Albanian-born Aldo Velaj.


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