© Martin Putz
Documentary Feature | 2015-2017 | Portrait, Society | Austria

Project data

Length of movie94 Min.

    Brief synopsis

    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 criticizing the stare society he lives in, Jowan struggles for his ideals - at any price.


    director of photographyFalko Lachmund
    director of photographyMartin Putz
    director of photographyJakob Fuhr2015-2016
    additional photographyRabia Salifiti
    directorFernando Romero Forsthuber
    editorWolfgang Auer
    producerFilip Antoni Malinowski
    producerJürgen Karasek
    co-producerLaura Hawa
    co-producerBaher Agbariya
    line producerStephan Podest
    screenwriterFernando Romero Forsthuber
    co-writerJürgen Karasek
    co-writerAri Yehudit Richter
    script consultantShira Arad
    production sound mixerFeras Shehadeh

    Production companies

    Soleil Film GmbH [at]


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Fernando Romero Forsthuber2018Dok.fest München [de]Dok.PanoramaNominated