The Albanian Code

The unknown story about rescuing thousands of Jewish refugees in Albania in WWII. Annie Altaratz goes with her daughters to thank her rescuers, who saved her bound by the Albanian moral code. Annie meets the son of her savior, goes to a school to thank the Albanians, takes her daughters to the forest where they crossed from Yugoslavia. In the National Archive she discovers material relating to the overall story of rescue by the Albanian people and it's leadres. Finally she is invited to the palace of Prince Leka II and thanks him and all Albanians.
Moving from one surprise to another with unique archival footage and many moving scenes. Finally, the Albanians receive, the appreciation they deserve. Thus, becoming a model to the entire world. It carries a universal message of human values and compassion.

Director: Yael Katzir

Producer: Yael Katzir

Co Producer: Gady Castel


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Production Company: Katzir Productions
Duration: 55 min.
Date of Release: January 27th 2019
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: 4K
Language: Hebrew, English, Serbian, Croatian
Subtitles: Italian, Albanian

Festivals & Awards

  • KIMFF June 2020
    Honorable Mantion

Involved Broadcasters

Albanian National TV, Canadian Broadcasting

World Sales

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Creative Documentary, History, Human Interest / Social Issues, Jewish Topics, Personal Stories, Social Issues, Women Stories