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FORGIVE ME
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FORGIVE ME
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Besim Ugzmajli

Kosovo, 2018, 15min
Format: Digital (screening) - HD (shooting)
Festival Year: 2018
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Agron Shala, Semira Latifi, Kushtrim Asilani
Crew:  Producers: Besim Ugzmajli, Agron Shala - Screenwriters: Besim Ugzmajli
Email:  mailukifilmsgmail.com

synopsis
Bujar, a youngster, is manipulated by a kosovar Imam in joining terrorist groups fighting in Syria. He secretly joins the war and then asks his older brother Agron to send Bujar's wife Mimoza to Syria too. Agron horrified by his brother's actions confronts Bujar and asks him to return to Kosovo. Agron tries to prevent Mimoza from going to Syria hoping to convince his brother to return. Bujar threatens Mimoza by marrying a war widow should she not join him in Syria.

director
Besim Ugzmajli. Born in 1986 in Ferizaj, Republic of Kosovo, Studied in University of Prishtina, Faculty of Arts – Film and TV Directing. He has worked as writer, director, cinematographer and editor in the biggest film company in Kosova, and in these last years in his own company Figurina Film’s He has worked also as Theatre Director in Prishtina and Ferizaj, where he made 5 plays and 1 performance. Living in Ferizaj and Prishtina. Awarded films: Obsession, Era, the Eaters, Woman in Black, Beyond the Gates, Marihuana Republic.
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filmmaker's note
Writing "Forgive me" and making this film was the biggest challenge ever we had. "Forgive me" is a drama in the family, a hard decision to make, and a moral issue between family members. Here, in Kosovo is not easy even to talk on topic that we have in our film. I personally know people who went in Syria, just because someone washed their brain. They have fallen in the war, and their families are totally destroyed, first because they lost a family member, and second they are now absolutely stigmatized in our society. Some of the crew member of the film “Forgive me” has refused to put their name on credits of the film, Because they have been afraid that something bad will happen to them in the future from the radical Islamic people who lives in Kosova. I love making films, and telling stories in this way, I feel like filmmakers should be also the people who say the truth all around the world by their movies, and "Forgive me" says exactly the truth I lived these last years.

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