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Eliza Dushku, an American actress, is of mixed Danish and Albanian descent. In the past few years, she's become passionately interested in and connected to her ancestral country. In DEAR ALBANIA, she explores Albania’s present, travels back in time to its past and hears its hopes for the future. For Eliza and her brother, director Nate Dushku, it's a journey of cultural, historical and personal discovery.  In a trip that includes visits to 15 unique cities throughout the country, Eliza and Nate experience a disparate landscape that ranges from fabulous coastlines to teeming urban centers and enchanting mountain villages, each with their own stories to tell.  From the capital city of Tirana, their trip winds its way through mountainous landscapes of chilling beauty, churches and cathedrals, ancient castles and medieval fortress towns; from Roman ruins to pristine beaches on the Adriatic Sea ("The Albanian Riviera"), to the city of Korçë, the tiny village from which Eliza’s grandparents emigrated nearly 90 years before. They undertake border crossings to neighboring Kosovo and Montenegro, key players in the history of ethnic Albanians.  DEAR ALBANIA tells two stories: the journey of Albania through centuries of oppression, conquest, and civil strife to triumph over Communism and its emergence as a vibrant modern state; and the journey of one family, the Dushkus.

Eliza Dushku:

Eliza Patricia Dushku is an actor, producer, and philanthropist. She has traveled extensively in Africa and the world, including with her family's NGO, THRIVEGulu (THRIVEGulu.org).  Among other awards, she was a Global Generation honoree at the Millennium Campus Network Conference in September 2011 and was named Entertainment Ambassador for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.  Eliza brings a wealth of talent and experience to film development under the aegis of her Boston Diva Productions, a company she created along with her brother Nate Dushku.  What do you say of someone who began as a child-protégé of Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen Barkin, and Juliette Lewis?  Eliza has co-starred with Schwarzenegger, DeNiro, Jason Robards Jr. and James Belushi, as well as starred alongside many young actors of her own generation, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco, Casey and Ben Affleck, Kirsten Dunst, Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin, Kevin Smith, Zach Galifianakis and others. Naturally, she became interested in producing, especially after many seasons as “Faith” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in her own series True Calling followed by Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse (which she co-produced). Eliza has also been in a raft of independent films, including two for Randall Miller and Jody Savin, Bottle Shock and Nobel Son, both alongside Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman.  Thus, producing is no parody for Eliza, to everything she brings her notorious passion and energy.  At the top of Boston Diva Productions' current properties and now in development is Mapplethorpe.  She was attracted to the idea of Robert Mapplethorpe because of his merging of life and art, his fascination with technique, light, and subject, and his “acting out” of his artistic passions. Co-producing with renowned filmmaker Ondi Timoner, who is also set to direct, gave the project solidity.  It is expected to go into pre-production in 2016.

NATE DUSHKU:

Nathaniel Dushku is an Los Angeles based director, producer and actor, originally from Watertown, Massachusetts.  Dear Albania marks Nate's debut as a documentary filmmaker with Boston Diva Productions where he is a principal with his sister Eliza Dushku.  Currently in development, they are producing a biopic about photographer Robert Mapplethorpe with acclaimed director, writer, producer Ondi Timoner.  Previously, Nate's stage direction of  Sandy the Dandy and Charlie McGee, a modern vaudeville co-written and starring Guerrin Gardner and Mat Sanders was a critical success in New York.  As an actor, Nate's Film and TV credits include: Wolfgirl, The Zodiac, My Dinner With Jimi, Antitrust, Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, Dollhouse, Joan of Arcadia, Felicity; Theater: Die, Mommie, Die! (world premiere directed by Kenneth Elliott) and Baal.  He holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where he studied at The Atlantic Theatre Company, Experimental Theatre Wing, and Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television.

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