Austria, 2018, 95min
director: Fernando Romero-Forsthuber
status: upon release
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.
But this is just the beginning: standing for co-resistance instead of co-existence and criticising the stare society he lives in, Jowan struggles for his ideals – at any price.
editor: Wolfgang Auer
DoP: Jakob Fuhr, Martin Putz, Falko Lachmund
idea: Fernando Romero-Forsthuber
concept: Jürgen Karasek, Ari Richter
producers: Jürgen Karasek, Filip Antoni Malinowski
Project production funded by bm:ukk & BKA
shooting format: RED Epic, cinemascope
developed at: CoPro Israel, dokfest München Marketplace, East European Forum Prague