American actress Eliza Dushku doesn’t call “Dear Albania” a documentary.
She says the film, which she made with her brother, Nate, is more of a love letter to her ancestry, and hopefully an introduction for those who’ve only seen Hollywood’s take on the country.
“You’ve seen ‘Taken?’ ” she asks, of the Liam Neeson action film franchise. The villains in those films are Albanian, she explains. And then there’s Barry Levinson’s “Wag the Dog,” where the US’s confusion about Albania is one big punch line.
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Dushku, known for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Bring It On,” and the upcoming season of “Banshee,” said she felt it was her responsibility to make “Dear Albania” because so few Americans know the country as she does.
“We wanted to show the beauty, and I think we did,” Dushku said.
“Dear Albania” was broadcast last Thursday at 9 p.m. on WGBH. The hourlong special featured the Watertown-bred Dushku siblings exploring more than 15 locations, including the capital, Tirana, and beaches on the Adriatic Sea. There was talk of the history and politics of the country, but the story is a more of an intimate look at family’s discovery of its background.