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Besa: The Promise Premieres July 29 at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

June 21, 2012 | By Public Programs Staff

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the largest and most prestigious Jewish film festival in the country, announced their 2012 lineup. And it includes the world premiere of the NEH-funded documentary Besa: The Promise on Sunday July 29 at noon (and screening again on Monday July 30 at noon in Berkeley). Besa chronicles the inspiring story of Albanian Muslims who helped rescue Jewish refugees during World War II. Following one Albanian’s attempt to fulfill his father’s wish of returning treasured prayerbooks to a Jewish family, the documentary brings the past vividly to life and honors those who quietly, but successfully, fought against the Nazis.

To view a trailer, please visit  A downloadable presskit and publicity stills are available at  

For ticket information, please contact the box office at 415-621-0523, or visit the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival online at

Besa: The Promise recieved a Bridging Cultures through Film grant in 2011.