DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Namrud (Troublemaker)

Namrud (Troublemaker)

Jowan Safadi’s 15-year-old son Don came to Israel from the US. Fernando Romero Forsthuber introduces this encounter rather abruptly with Don simply lying in his bed one morning and complaining that he has to go to the beach with his father. Nobody likes the beach after all! The friendly and aggressive verbal exchanges between father and son shape this film, though both of them like to exchange blows in other directions, too: Jowan is a musician whose songs are about the life and sufferings of a Palestinian living in Israel – provocations he searches and finds. Don has just started boxing training.

Fernando Romero Forsthuber shows two men caught between the pressure to adapt and rebellion. “I don’t feel anything real about being anything that I didn’t choose”, Jowan states at the beginning. “Including being Palestinian or being an Arab or being anything.” Jowan and Don both feel the need for self-empowerment, each in his own way. But they share the impulse to challenge, in a critical and easy-going way, all those who in their eyes submit too easily or force others to bend the knee.

Carolin Weidner


Original Title: Namrud (Troublemaker)
Country: Austria
Year: 2017
Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 94 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Fernando Romero Forsthuber
Producer: Jürgen Karasek
Cinematographer: Jakob Fuhr, Martin Putz, Falko Lachmund, Rabia Salfiti
Editor: Wolfgang Auer
Music: Jowan Safadi
Sound: Feras Shehadeh
Script: Ari Yehudit Richter, Jürgen Karasek

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.