Yesterday, on 12 Feb. 07, the father of my closest friend died at the old age of 79. I cannot claim to have known him very well, but the sad occasion helped me get a clearer understanding of his contribution toward my countryâ€™s culture and most importantly as the man that he was.
My friendâ€™s father had been sick and for about one year had had difficulty speaking so, whenever I was visiting, our encounters were limited to just glances, as I would often go straight to my friendâ€™s room. Nevertheless, I consider myself fortunate to have had the chance to meet him in person and to have learned about him through one of his own sons, a very dear friend to me.
That is why, most all of what I know about my friendâ€™s father was through our discussions which at first were generated by my curiosity from the extensive library of books in their house. His fatherâ€™s collection of books was the result of years of personal study and work in writing, translating, teaching and producing some of the first Albanian films.
My friendâ€™s father was a nationally and, to some degree, internationally renowned Albanian film director and producer. His contribution to the countryâ€™s cinematographic establishment and evolution continues to be invaluable. For me, those who still revered him as a great producer, friend, coworker, author and translator again testified to that manâ€™s contribution to the Albanian society. But as it regards my personal perspective and opinion of his contribution, I would have to say that he must have been a great father! His name was Gezim Erebara.
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