Albert’s film The Commitment will premiere in Croatia on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, in the Great Hall of the Croatian State Archives, hosted by the Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance.
Every month, the Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance hosts a public forum called “Why do we hate each other?”, where special guests and audience members talk about the problem of hatred in contemporary Croatian society. This month’s discussion topic will be adoption for gay people in Croatia.
The Commitment stars Albert and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic wrote, “Emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak…indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast.” The film has screened at 40 film festivals on five continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. The film is available at Amazon.com on the compilation Green Briefs. The film is produced by Albert, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.
The Jewish Film Festival Zagreb, in partnership with the City of Zagreb, established the Centre for Promotion of Tolerance and Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance in May 2017. The mission is to create an environment for growth and development of an individual inspired by tolerance and acceptance of diversity, in particular the preservation of Holocaust remembrance. Through the power of social engagement and the arts, the center hopes to influence and change beliefs and opinions and raise awareness of intolerance and hatred when it comes to racism, discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia, migrant issues, assimilation, and integration.