Namrud: Troublemaker

  • Director – Fernando Romero-Forsthuber
  • Producers – Jürgen Karasek, Filip Antoni Malinowski
  • Concept – Ari Yehudit Richter, Jürgen Karasek
  • Directors of Photography – Jakob Fuhr, Martin Putz, Falko Lachmund, Rabia Salfiti
  • Editor – Wolfgang Auer
  • Duration – 95 min.
  • Year –  2017
  • Country – Austria


Namrud tells the story of Jowan Safadi, a famous musician and a true free spirit, born as Palestinian in the State of Israel. 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 can't prevent him from making some trouble in the region again.

Screening on: 5 May / 18:00 / Amirani 3 | 6 May / 17:00 / Kolga

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