Yusif, who is half-Danish, half Arab, travels to the Middle Eastern city of Medina along with his pregnant Danish wife, Sarah. Yusif wants to start a new life with his wife in his father’s hometown. He is convinced that this is where he belongs and happiness lies ahead. However, shortly after their arrival, Yusif is unintentionally responsible for a beggar boy’s death. The people of the street beat up Sarah and Yusif. She miscarries. He is put in prison for murder. The only thing that keeps Yusif’s spirit up in the Arab prison is the thought of seeing Sarah again and his faith in God. However, when he realises that he has to sit in a prison hole for the rest of his life, he loses his patience, faith and hope. All that is left is anger towards the Creator he used to love.
Shargawi made his debut as director with the feature film Go with Peace Jamil (2008), awarded generously at festivals – winning the VPRO Tiger Award in Rotterdam, the Church Prize and FIPRESCI Award in Göteborg, and Best Director in Transylvania.
Renè Ezra, Tomas Radoor