Fernando Romero Forsthuber
Namrud
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Namrud

Fernando Romero Forsthuber

Namrud

Jowan Safadi is a famous musician and a true free spirit. His lyrics, at once penetrating and witty, have also courted controversy on several occasions.

2017
94 min.
Austria
Arabic, English and Hebrew
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Projeccions

Fernando Romero Forsthuber
Namrud
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Datasheet

Show
Direction
Fernando Romero Forsthuber
Sound
Feras Shehadeh
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Production
Jürgen Karasek, Filip Antoni Malinowski
Screenwriter
Ari Yehudit Richter, Jürgen Karasek
Photography
Jakob Fuhr, Martin Putz, Falko Lachmund, Rabia Salfiti
Edition
Wolfgang Auer
Music
Jowan Safadi
Synopsis

Namrud tells the story of Jowan Safadi (43) born as Palestinian in the State of Israel, 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 hast 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. “Namrud” is a film about the struggle of a spirited individual, standing between the two frontlines of a political conflict and his attempt to fight for a place to live, where he, his son and his people feel not only safe, but are also able to thrive.

It´s a film about internal and external limits and the question if a single individual can initiate a change in the society he lives in. Will Jowan succeed or has the time come to leave?

About the direction
Fernando Romero Forsthuber

Fernando Romero Forsthuber

Director

Fernando Romero-Forsthuber was born in Seville in 1983 to a Spanish father and Austrian mother. At 1...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2018
DocsBarcelona Festival · Sección Latitud
Edició 2018
2019
Docs del Mes · Abril
Edició 2019

Awards and festivals

DOK.fest Munich
Germany, 2018
DOK Leipzig
Germany, 2018
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