On sufferance

  • Status: Geduldet (German title)
  • Im Halbschatten (Working title)
Documentary | 2007 | Germany

Shooting data

LocationsStuttgart, Kosovo

Project data

Length of movie60
Picture formatTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)
Picture material negativeHDV
Picture material positiveHDV

    Brief synopsis

    On sufferance tells the story of a romanie family who has been living in Germany for 15 years with the residence permit status of being tolerated. Hajrije, the single parent mother, is 42 years old. She lives with her 3 kids Arduan (16 years old), Ramize (14 years old), Bobby (12 years old), her grandniece Melissa (7 years old) and Mee (Arduan’s girlfriend) in the problem district Stuttgart Fasanenhof. Indeed, the life in Germany might offer a certain security for the romanie family concerning racist assaults; nevertheless, is not easy for the Husenis to manage their everyday life. Because of their residence permit status they can be deported to the Kosovo at every time. Efforts to get a stay permit seem to be hopeless after 15 years of trying. Especially the younger family members worry how the life of the family will go on and what could be done to get another chance to stay in Germany.


    Camera Departmentdirector of photography Silvana Santamaria
    Camera Departmentdirector of photography Maxim Kuphal-Potapenko
    Camera Department2nd unit dopStefan Hjono Preilowski
    Director's Departmentdirector Silvana Santamaria
    Editingeditor Robert Wellié
    MusiccomposerRami Al-RegebStreich Quintett + Piano
    ProducerproducerLaura Müller
    Screenplayscreenwriter Silvana Santamaria
    Sound Departmentproduction sound mixerRolf Mahnke
    Sound Post Productionsound designerAndreas Mühlschlegel

    Production companies

    Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg [de]


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
     Silvana Santamaria2008Prädikat:Besonders WertvollWinner
     Silvana Santamaria2008Civis – Europas Medienpreis für IntegrationYoung Civis Media PrizeWinner
     Silvana Santamaria2008DOK LeipzigDeutscher WettbewerbNominated


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    First showingGermanySWR [de]Saturday, 01.11.2008