Albania: Carmelites from Nynshat (Nënshat)

This trailer presents the first 6 minutes of the CRTN – documentary “Carmelites of Nynshat.”

Production Date: 2007
Duration: 12

Copyright : CRTN
Language: English, Spanish, German, Czech
Executive Producer: Mark Riedemann
Director: Agnieszka Dzieduszycka

This short program documents the opening of the first Carmelite Convent in Albania a state, which President Enver Hoxha vowed, would be the first and only completely atheist state in the world. Inspired by China’s Cultural Revolution, Enver Hoxha placed all churches under government control and religion in schools was banned. At the end of communist rule, when religious freedom was restored, only 22 priests remained alive.


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