Post(s) tagged with "Gjergj Kastrioti"
Albania il paese di fronte (regia Roland Sejko, Mauro Brescia; produzione Ist. L.U.C.E. con il contributo della Regione Lazio; 2008)
Documentario piuttosto celebrativo del ventennio fascista, come sempre accade a queste produzioni L.U.C.E. infarcite di musichette d’epoca e delle sole immagini ufficiali del regime. Non allo stesso modo per l’epoca del comunismo stalinista, tratteggiata giustamente con i toni più cupi possibili. Nel complesso un’opera da vedere per sapere qualcosa in più su un Paese vicinissimo eppure pressoché sconosciuto.
This is a picture I took of the bust of Skanderbeg at a memorial to him in Lezhe, Albania.
Skanderbeg (1405-1468), born Gjergj Kastrioti, was taken by the Ottoman Sultan to serve in the Janissaries when he was a child, after Albania was conquered by the Ottoman Empire. He was nicknamed Iskander (Alexander in Turkish) and eventually reached the rank of bey (general). He was therefore called Iskander-bey, or Skanderbeg to the Albanians. In 1443, after serving the Ottomans for most of his life, he inexplicably chose to abandon his army and led an effort to liberate Albania, uniting the fractious nobility and beginning a war against Turks. From 1443 to his death in 1468, he lost only two battles, and effectively stopped the Ottoman advance though Eastern Europe. After his death, Albania was conquered again by the Turks, and would not regain its full independence until the end of World War I in 1918.
I’m kind of obsessed with him. Just sayin’.