Sazan Shita

Pristina | Date: January 10 and February 23, 2019 | Duration: 153 minutes

At the time Ernest Koliqi had sent three-hundred teachers to Kosovo. Everywhere, in the villages and everywhere schools in the Albanian language started. In Mitrovica, Bedri Gjinaj, he was born and raised in Mitrovica, but educated in Albania. You know, how they used to go secretly… but very capable, he was a very capable man. When I enrolled, not only I, but the entire class, the first thing we learned was the flag. I was familiar with it, but his teachings were effective, whatever he would say stuck with you. When we began the class, he said to us, ‘Let’s learn the flag song.”’ {She recites} 

Oh red and black flag, 

all the joy and love that you wave, 

makes my heart spring with you, 

in the fields and meadows, 

mountains and brooks forward with you, 

I will fight fearlessly,

though I am young

I am your soldier and I’ll say,

Today that freedom has come,

May the  Albanian flag live long.’

When I went home, I recited it to my father, what a hug he gave to me, his tears poured out of joy. Of course… that school year, it was like ten years in one. Everything that they taught us, the lectures were such that you understood and internalized them immediately.

Kaltrina Krasniqi (interviewer) Erëmirë Krasniqi (interviewer), Donjetë Berisha (Camera), Besarta Breznica (Camera)

Sazan Shita was born in 1928 in Mitrovica. Originally from Gjakova, she and her family moved to Mitrovica due to their businesses. Ms. Shita completed high school between Pristina and Tirana during the Italian occupation of 1939, and was awarded a scholarship to the Queen Mother High School in Tirana. Ms. Shita did not pursue a career, but always had a passion for theatre and ballet. Currently, Ms. Shita lives in Prishtina with her son and grandchildren.