Silvana Santamaria, Germany, 2009Beta SP, Colour, 83'

Haki, aged 28, is a Kosovar belonging to the Egyptians minority. Having lived in Germany for 17 years, he was deported back to Kosova in 2007, leaving his German wife and two sons behind. Haki's everyday life is determined by his longing for his family, the tough struggle of making ends meet in the Roma colony of Aljibraj, and his hassle with the Kosovo Police; coupled with the traumatic childhood memories of his mother’s and little brother’s deaths. The ongoing judicial hearings of possibly returning to Germany and the hope of a visit from his family, gives Haki strength, but as his oldest son becomes ill, and the news from the courts look bad, his patience is facing a difficult challenge.

03 August, Kino Lumbardhi, 16:00

Branding Kosovo

Director: Silvana Santamaria
Producer: Aysel Yilmaz, Yüksel Yilmaz
Cinematographer: Willi Böhm
Editor: Helmar Jungmann
Sound: Daniel Vulcano

Director's Biography

Having finished Drama School in Stuttgart – “Kulturprojekt Spielhaus”, she worked as an Assistant Director at the "Kleine Bühne" theatre, as well as an actress, a camera and direction assistant for film production companies. Since 2004, she studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Festivals and Awards:

Best documentary Film – Max Ophüls Festival 2010, Germany.


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