A persecuted family on the run. Sacred texts hidden for their protection. A 60-year-old promise, never forgotten but still unfulfilled. Albanian Rexhep Hoxha must fulfill that promise, made to the Jewish family his Muslim father rescued during the Holocaust. American photographer Norman Gershman seeks to record unknown stories of Righteous Albanians before the last witnesses are gone. When these two men meet, an extraordinary and unexpected personal drama is set in motion - one that bridges generations and religions... uniting fathers and sons, Muslims and Jews.
Over five years in the making, Besa: The Promise presents a powerful human drama compounded by a devastating twist. Selected for a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures through Film grant, the documentary was further honored by the interest of one of America's greatest living composers, Mr. Philip Glass. Portraits by renowned fine art photographer Norman H. Gershman are blended with animation, rare archival film, poignant interviews with witnesses and extraordinary vérité lensed by the award-winning Neil Barrett. Directed by Rachel Goslins and edited by Christine S. Romero, the film is JWM Productions first feature documentary.
World Premiere, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Special Jury Award, Festival of Albanian Film
Best Documentary, Washington Jewish Film Festival
Best Documentary, Beaufort International Film Festival
Best Director, Beaufort International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Best Documentary, Jewish Eye World Film Festival Israel
Grand Jury Award for Documentary, Nashville International Film Festival