Berlinale

Bufis

Synopsis
Inspired by true events, this is the first comedy drama on Somali migration set in Eastleigh, the little Mogadishu of Nairobi. Many Somalis are consumed by the dream of a new life in the West: this longing is described as “bufis”. For men like Assad – the best fixer/scriptwriter in Eastleigh – it represents a business opportunity. When the U.S. embassy opens up a green card lottery, he brings people together to form fake families for a chance to win. By putting together a prostitute, a widower and his son, a girl who is running from an arranged marriage and a former warlord, Assad and his team will finally be able to discover more about themselves and their own dreams.

Director’s note
Bufis will challenge the current narratives on Somali migration and terrorism, by bringing to the big screen an unknown side of contemporary Somali pop culture and its everlasting nomadic soul.

Kenya, Somalia
Director: Mahad Ahmed
Producers: Cultural Video Production (Kenya), Cultural Video Production (Italy), unafilm (Germany)
German WCF partner: unafilm
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in November 2018
Funding amount: 30.000 €