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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Trapped By Law
Trapped By Law
Trapped By Law

Trapped By Law

director: Sami Mustafa
original title: NAKHINO
country: Kosovo, Germany
year: 2015
running time: 90 min.


In 2010, thousands of Kosovo Roma were forcibly repatriated from the European Union to their original home. And this despite the fact that many had spent years living in the EU. They had grown up there, studied there, some had even been born there. This engaged documentary follows the story of brothers Kefaet and Selami, rappers from Essen who, from one day to the next, find themselves in Kosovo, cut off from the rest of the world and from their family in Germany. The director does not remain neutral in recording their many years spent trying to get out of a trap of absurd and unfriendly laws, and to return from their native homeland to their real one.

“We also had hard situations, you know, where we were maybe thinking about this, you know, to get separated, go separate ways, but no – In the end it was always just differences here and there, that you have to compromise with.”


Sami Mustafa is an independent Romani filmmaker originally from Kosovo and now living in France. He founded the Romawood production company, is the artistic director of the Rolling Film Festival, and is engaged in various activities for promoting Romani art, culture, and human rights. His film Road to Home (2005) was screened at the 2007 festival in Cannes.

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director: Sami Mustafa
cast: Kefaet Prizreni, Selami Prizreni
producer: Sami Mustafa, Charlotte Bohl, Erik Winkler, Antoneta Kastrati
script: Sami Mustafa
photography: Sami Mustafa, Faton Mustafa, Janis Matzuch
editing: Carina Mergens, Nicole Kartlüke
music: Kafaet Prizreni, Selami Prizreni, Luigi Montanino
sound: Tom Blankenberg
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