Ismail's Dilemma

Dilema e Ismailit

2020 — 32 min / Colour



In Nazi occupied Albania, Ismail, a poor peasant, is torn between upholding Besa - the national code of honor and protecting his family or saving the two Jewish men he has been hiding for a year, as the Nazis arrive in his village.

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Director Biography

Dhimitri has directed ten (10) short films so far and written eight (8) of them. His last short comedy “Growing up Fat & Albanian”(2017) has been shown at over 20 film festival, winning 8 Awards so far. “Small Towns” won an Award of Merit in Directing at Southern Shorts Awards, September 2016. In 2014 he directed another short “Beneath the Surface”. His previous work “One Last Time” that deals with women diagnosed with terminal illness, (2012) had its world premiere at “Golden Boll International Film Festival” Adana, Turkey. “Requiem for Kosova” a short completed 2010, that deals with illegal organ trafficking in the Balkans, has been successfully shown in over 40 International Film Festivals around the globe, winning 8 Awards, while Dhimitri has received many praises for his talent and keen observation on social issues.

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Dhimitri Ismailaj


Dhimitër Ismailaj-Valona

Erand Sojli


Shpëtim Baça


Dhimitër Ismailaj-Valona


Aldion Kola

Screenings & Awards

Carmarthen Bay FF, United Kingdom, 2020
Winner Best Foreign Short

South East European FF LA, United States, 2020