Salamat from Germany Una Gunjak / Rami Kodeih Lebanon-France. 2017. 17 min
Desperate to escape Lebanon and settle in Europe, Lillo buys
himself a Syrian passport and is ready to appropriate the Syrian
identity to obtain asylum. However, what he might not be ready
for yet, is everything that comes along with being a Syrian
Una Gunjak was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated in Film Studies at the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino and then went to attend the National Film and TV School in the UK where she obtained an MA in Film Editing. In her previous lives, Una has extensively worked as film editor on feature films and documentaries, and has occasionally directed commercials.
Her short film The Chicken premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week in 2014, won the European Film Award for Best Short Film 2014 and went on to screen in the International Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2015, New Films, New Directors 2015 and nearly 200 other festivals, winning along 45 awards so far. Una is currently developing her first feature Alfa which focuses on a toxic relationship between a mother and daughter as they try to pursue
their dream of a better tomorrow outside of their defunct homeland.
Alfa was selected for the Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Residence, and has so far received financial support from the Bosnian Film Fund.
Rami Kodeih was born in Beirut. His short films have won awards and screened at festivals around the world. His first feature film project was selected for the Sundance Feature Film Lab and Berlinale Talents and was also a finalist in HBO’s screenwriting competition, where it was selected from 2,000 scripts around the United States. His filmography includes:
Maki & Zorro (2017), Wheels Of War (2015; Best Documentary at BIFF; Arab Film Festival Zurich). The Mill (2010; Namur Film Festival; Second Prize Lebanese Film Festival). A Sheherazade Tale (2006, Clermont- Ferrand; Best Arab Film Jordan Short Film Festival; Uppsala Film Festival; Special Mention Tangier Short Mediterranean Film Festival). He is currently working on his first feature film and on his first TV series.