AT 2017, 95 min, Fernando Romero Forsthuber
JOWAN SAFADI, born as Palestinian in the State of Israel, is a famous musician and a true free spirit. With his band Fish Samak he delivers songs ranging from the political and social to the emotional and philosophical and gathered a huge fan-community in the Arabic world. Jowan is unafraid to speak his mind or tackle taboo subjects, and his lyrics, at once penetrating and witty, have also courted controversy on several occasions: Previously investigated by Israeli police for “inciting terrorism”, his last tour to Jordan ended with his arrest and an overnight stay in a Jordanian prison cell.
However, his 15-year-old son DON moved to his home shortly. Now, Jowan has to face a whole new challenge: on the one hand, he continues to fight for his ideals and his music, but at the same time he has to take paternal responsibility and offer his son a suitable environment. But this cant´t prevent him from again making some trouble in the region.
DOK Leipzig 2017, DE | Haifa Independent FF 2018, IL | Crossing Europe FF 2018, AT | Ethnocineca FF 2018, AT | CinéDOC-Tbilisi FF 2018, GE | DocsBarcelona FF 2018, ES | DOK.fest Munich 2018, DE | Festival Internacional de Cine Político 2018, AR | Festival Internacional de Cine por los Derechos Humanos 2018, CO | Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2018, DE | NAFA Int. Ethnographic Film Festival 2018, RO | WOMEX 2018, ES | International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage 2018, FR | Festival DocsBarcelona Valparaíso 2018, CL | DokuBaku Int. Documentary FF 2018, AZ | Arab Film Festival 2018, DE | Cinemed Festival 2018, FR | DUHOK Int. FF 2018, IQ | Frontdoc FF 2018, IT | Marda Loop Justice FF 2019, CA | Palestine with love 2019, BE
Best Documentary (Frontdoc FF 2018, IT)