For Immediate Release – Nomination to Trapped by Law by Jihlava IFF

World Premiere Jihlava Film Festival 2015, October 28th
at 22:00 in Dukla Edison Cinema

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The World Premiere will take place in the International Jihlava Film Festival 2015 in Czech Republic competing for First Lights and Between the Seas competitions, on October 28th at 22:00 in Dukla Edison Cinema. Trapped by Law a feature length documentary film directed by Sami Mustafa and produced by Romawood, Kosovo. Sami is a Kosovo film director and producer living today in France. The film is co-produced with HUPE Film in Germany (Erik Winker, Martin Roelly and Andreas Brauer) and Crossing Bridges Production in Kosovo/USA (Antoneta Kastrati and Casey Cooper Johnson).

In 2010, thousands of Kosovo Roma were forcibly repatriated from the European Union to Kosovo. 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. Kefaet was born in Kosovo and taken by his parents to Germany at the age of four. He was married and has two children. Selami was born in Essen and has never been to Kosovo at all. During a dramatic night in March 2010, they are deported to Kosovo, a complete unknown country to them. Separated from their family and friends they try to cope with their situation and do everything in their power to return to Germany. But administration and asylum laws are standing in their way.

The film was financially supported by Kosova Cinematography Center, Filmund Medienstiftung NRW, Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, Roma Education Fund and Synchro Film.

Other screenings and country premieres will take place:

  • German Premiere, Kassel Dokfest, Kassel, Germany. Trapped by Law is the opening film of the festival, as well as nominated for Young Talent Award, and in Competition for Golden Key. Opening Ceremony of Dokfest is at 18:30, 10th Repetition of the film happens 11th of November 2015.
  • Austrian Premiere, This Human World, Vienna, Austria, 11th December 2015
  • Kosovo Premiere, December/January, the dates to be announced.

Romawood production house was founded in 2003 in Plemetina village (Kosovo) when the first film was made with the natives of the village youth made as trainees their first short documentary “Welcome to Plemetina” with Balkan Sunflowers and Australian film maker Kiaran D’Arcy.

Since 2007, Romawood supports and develops artistic production that aims to stimulate creative and collaborative work, regional and international exchange in support of human dignity and rights of Roma people in Kosovo and in Europe. Romawood created the Rolling Film Festival, a film festival showcasing films made by and about Roma. Romawood won awards for the films it produced, in the last few years, such as:

  • 2014 Discovery Young Tallent Award by Cottbus film festival (directors award to Sami Mustafa)
  • 2013 Merit Award for at DEPOK FF “Toxic Fun” a film by Denis Mustafa.
  • 2012 Audience Award at Rolling FF, “Changes to Happen” by Sofija Serifovic
  • 2011 Best Film Award for “Songs and School” at Nova Svetlost FF by Suan Berisa.
  • 2012 Best Director Award at Golden Wheel Festival in Macedonia, Skoplje.
  • 2007 “Road to Home” by Sami Mustafa, shown at Cannes FF during Critic’s Week.
  • To name few…

For further information, please visit the official website:

For more information about the director, films stills, one-minute insert of the film, please download the press kit.