feature 09 Oct 17

Controversial Drone Stars in Albanian Football Doc

The notorious drone that flew over a sports stadium in Belgrade bearing a map of greater Albania in 2014 takes centre stage in a new documentary on the Albanian football team that will be premiered in Warsaw.

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"Triumph" | Photo courtesy of Kreshnik Jonuzi

Two US-born Albanian movie directors, Kreshnik Jonuzi and Luftar Von Rama, together with American director and producer Charlie Askew, have made a new film about the Albanian national football team’s journey to EURO 2016 that centres on the dramatic events that occurred in a football stadium in Serbia in October 2014.

Jonuzi told BIRN that they felt the players represented something much more than just being good at football, and they wanted to share this message with a film audience.

“They felt they needed to fulfill their ancestors' destiny, of belonging and of showing what Albanians can achieve if we are together. My team and I saw that in the story from the beginning,” Jonuzi said.

The film's initial working title was “Battle in the Balkans”, but that all changed after the events of October 2014, when the national teams of Albania and Serbia faced off against each other in Belgrade’s Partizan stadium for a qualifying match.

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