Smajl

A Film by Philipp Majer

Synopsis

In 1970, Kosovar Albanian Ismajl »Smajl« Hoxhaj only came to Germany to buy a tape recorder. But it is only now — more than 40 years later — that he left Germany to go back to Kosovo as a pensioner. In the meantime, he has bought many tape recorders, started a family and, as a political activist, fought passionately for the independence of Kosovo far from his actual home.
The documentary tells the story of Smajl.
 A story of homesickness and home, of conflicts with his children and the dream of a patriot.

It is the story of a migrant worker in Germany.


Director

  • Picture of Philipp Majer © Roger Towae

    Philipp Majer

    Philipp Majer, born on May 30, 1982, is an independent filmmaker from Saarbrücken, Germany. He has a passion for authentic people and bizarre and funny stories.
    His films are affectionate and have a strong cinematic look.

Awards + Festivals

  • 14. DOKUFEST – INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kosovo)August 8, 2015
  • 7th DOKUBAZAAR – INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Slovenia)September 21, 2015
  • 3rd FEMART – WOMEN ARTISTS FESTIVAL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (Official Selection, Kosovo)October 11, 2015
  • 10th SCENECS - THE INTERNATIONAL DEBUT FILM FESTIVAL (Sneak Peak Screening, Netherlands)November 8, 2015
  • 14th FILMZ – FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS (Medium-Length-Competition, Germany)November 24, 2015
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM*
    8th JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)January 2, 2016
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 7, 2016
  • INTERNATIONAL ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM FESTIVAL OF QUEBEC (FIFEQ) (Official Selection, Canada)March 13, 2016
  • BRAZILIAN INT’L LABOUR FILM FESTIVAL / MOSTRA CINETRABALHO 2016 (Official Selection, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)May 2, 2016
  • 11th MONACO CHARITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yacht Club of Monaco Theater, Monaco)May 7, 2016
  • BRAZILIAN INT’L LABOUR FILM FESTIVAL / MOSTRA CINETRABALHO 2016 (Official Selection, Marília, São Paulo, Brazil)May 23, 2016
  • 14th ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL (Non competitive section: Documentari fuori concorso, Italy)June 25, 2016
  • *HONORABLE MENTION IN BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM CATEGORY*
    2nd ALL LIGHTS INDIA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hyderabad, India)September 24, 2016

Crew

Producer
Philipp Majer
Director 

Philipp Majer
Idea
Philipp Majer
Director of Photography
Philipp Majer
Editor
Philipp Majer
Sound
Ralf Schmelzer
Music
Datashock
Animation
Zymryte Hoxhaj
Illustration
Joni Majer

Details

Running Time
45:00
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Bunkhouse Filmmakers
Philipp Majer
Stengelstr. 8
66117 Saarbrücken, Germany

+49 (0) 681 - 9983816
Mobile: +49 (0) 163 - 2071475

mail@bunkhouse.de
www.bunkhouse.de