To the President of VATRA,/
I am Stephanie Apps from Australia and I recently found out that my bloodline is from Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg through my Italian maternal side. I am 13th generation Great grand- daughter of Skanderbeg which was surprising news to me but also a great honour. I have since found other family and one cousin in particular – Loris Castriota Skanderbegh from Foggia/Italy who is keen to support the movie too.
I am a film maker by profession and my immediate reaction was to tell this great man’s story in a feature film and so I have started the development of the project with a script being written as we speak. I have been shown a lot of support from members of the Kosovan Government both in Kosovo and from their Embassy counterparts in London. I am in touch with several Albanian associations in Australia and the UK and would very much like to have a link with VATRA to be able to share the progress of the project with you and Albanians in the USA and to therefore gain more support.
This is a labour of love for me and apart from giving Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg a legacy and recognition for his contribution to European/world history; I want this project to be dedicated to Albanians worldwide to give them something back for having suffered under oppression over the centuries; perhaps by way of national pride or even support for the country’s tourist industry.
I ask that you will consider a way in which you may be able to help the project along; perhaps by way of exposure and networking opportunities for the project.
I do hope to hear from you soon