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STRAHINJA, a smuggler in the Balkan’s modern “migration industry,” longs for a flashy lifestyle. These aspirations and his emotional unavailability have estranged him from his wife, TIJANA, and their son, LUKA (7), the very people he hopes to impress. When a routine trip is interrupted by police, Strahinja becomes stranded with refugee teens, Yousef (17), his younger brothers, and a traveling companion. The boys are refugees, but above all else, they are teenagers who long to have experiences that are something close to normal. The more time Strahinja spends with them, the more he struggles with seeing this as just a job. Their open-hearted approach to life makes him aware of the walls he has built around his own.


Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Madrid (FICIMAD) - 2022 Winner Best Screenplay

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  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    93 minutes
  • Language
    Serbian, English, Arabic
  • Country
    United States, Serbia
  • Premiere
    Toronto International Film Festival
  • Note
    Content advisory: bullying, racialized violence
  • Director
    Ana Lazarevic
  • Producer
    Ana Lazarevic
  • Cast
    Branislav Trifunović, Yousef Al Khaled, Hamed Hamoudi, Boris Isakovic, Sloboda Micalovic, Radoslav "Rale" Milenkovic, Matthew Hamoudi, Amr Alkaled, Veljko Mladenovic
  • Cinematographer
    Joaquin Neira
  • Composer
    William Ryan Fritch
  • Sound Design
    Manuel de Andres, Guido Berenblum