The Brooklyn Connection
The Brooklyn Connection: How to Build a Guerrilla Army
Klaartje Quirijns. A Quirijns/Amago/VPRO/ Sullivan/t Hart Production. 57 minutes.
Airs on PBSs P.O.V. July 19.
The subtitle suggests a cinematic Revolution for Dummies, but this documentary portrait of a Brooklyn-based, Kosovo-born Albanian gunrunner reveals that an enterprising freedom fighteror terrorist, as you preferdoesnt need a primer to strengthen his cause, just a clean record and a credit card.
Which isnt to say that intelligence, dedication, and abundant charm havent helped Florin Krasniqi maintain his role as a key supplier of weapons to the Kosovo Liberation Army. Krasniqi, who also runs a New York roofing company, raised $30 million from Albanian Americans during the war against the Serbian government and used it to purchase arms, ship them to Albania, and smuggle them into Kosovo on horseback. Among Krasniqis casual boasts to the camera is his claim to have brought some 25 tons of weapons and ammo to his homeland on a single cargo plane. (The film shows him checking one of the worlds most powerful sniper rifles through U.S. airport security.)