Directed by Fernando Romero Forsthuber
Duration 95’ | Arabic, English, Hebrew with English subtitles
Production Country and Year: Austria, 2017
Produced by: Soleil Film
Producer: Jürgen Karasek
Directors of Photography: Martin Putz, Jakob Fuhr, Falko Lachmund, Rabia Salfiti
Sound: Feras Shehadeh
Editor: Wolfgang Auer
Distributed by: DocsBarcelona
Jowan Safadi is a provocative alternative Palestinian-Israeli who sings about the life and sufferings of Palestinians living in Israel. With his band Fish Samak, he delivers songs ranging from the political and social to the emotional and philosophical. Jowan is unafraid to speak his mind or tackle taboo subjects, and his lyrics, at once penetrating and witty, have also courted controversy. However, when his 15-year-old son Don moves back to live with him, he faces a new set of challenges. The film weaves itself around this easy-going yet aggressive father-son relationship and their heated battles relating to identity, belonging, status quo and freedom, issues very personal to them yet universal.
Fernando Romero-Forsthuber was born in Seville in 1983 to a Spanish father and Austrian mother. In 2002 he made his first trip to Israel and worked with Palestinian musicians as a director/producer for their music videos. In Austria, he established a good reputation in the field of music videos, image films and commercials. In the last years, Fernando also worked on reports for the TV-stations ORF (especially in Syria) and ATV.