The Arbëreshë people, also known as Italo-Albanian or Arbëreshët e Italisë, are the descendants of the Albanian who fled to Italy between the 14th and 18th centuries as a consequence of the Ottoman invasion of the Balkans.
New York City – Albanian Institute is pleased to present the premiere screening of film Babai, part of the Panorama Europe Film Festival 2016.
This heartrending father-son saga is a timely look at the refugee plight as seen through the eyes of a child. In Kosovo in the early 1990s, ten-year-old Nori (Val Maloku) and his father (Astrit Kabashi) eke out a meager subsistence selling cigarettes on the streets. But when his father flees to Germany without him, the steadfast Nori boldly follows after him, making the risky journey across Europe as an undocumented immigrant. Winner of the Best Director award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and of multiple prizes at the Munich Film Festival, the feature debut from Kosovar-born, Germany-based director Morina marks the arrival of an impressive new talent. In Albanian, German, and English with English subtitles.
Director: Visar Morina. 2014. With Val Moloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Alban Ukaj.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Festival Board, headed by Gaelle Duchemin, European Union Delegation to the United Nations, is comprised of the Albanian Institute New York, the Arts Council Malta in New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center New York, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, the Consulate General of Portugal, the Consulate General of Slovakia, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian Film Centre, the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A., the Goethe-Institut New York, Instituto Cervantes, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Onassis Foundation (USA), and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
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