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Published on Apr 3, 2008
THE BROOKLYN CONNECTION takes a gripping look at the world of "gun running" through the story of Florin Krasniqi and the guerrilla army he built by transporting weapons from the United States to Kosovo.
The owner of a successful roofing company in Brooklyn, NY, Krasniqi was focused on the immigrant dream and making a successful life for his family in America. Everything changes, however, when his cousin, Adrian, is killed in an attack on the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army. And as the conflict between Kosovo's Albanian majority and its Serbian rulers descends further into war, terrorism and ethnic cleansing, Krasniqi decides to take matters into his own hands. THE BROOKLYN CONNECTION reveals how this staunch Kosovar nationalist raised over $30 million to arm and supply the upstart Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), acquired weapons and uniforms, and smuggled them into Kosovo via Albania. Dedicating himself to bringing about the Kosovo Albanians' long-frustrated dream of self-determination, the film explores how Krasniqi used America's civil liberties--especially liberal gun laws--to attain his goal.
Based on Stacy Sullivan's book Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America, THE BROOKLYN CONNECTION is a remarkable behind-the-scenes examination of global politics, U.S. gun laws, and recent Balkan turmoil.