By Besim Ugzmajli
Bujar, a youngster, is manipulated by a kosovar Imam and joins the terrorist groups fighting in Syria. He asks his older brother, Agron, to send his wife to Syria. Agron, horrified by his brother’s actions, asks Bujar to return to Kosovo and tries to prevent his wife from going to Syria…
Writing Forgive Me and making this film was the biggest challenge we’ve ever had. Forgive me depicts a drama in the family, a hard decision to make, and a moral issue between family members.
Here, in Kosovo, it is not easy to discuss the topics of this film. I personally know people who went to Syria because they were brainwashed. 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 members of this film refused to put their name in the credits because they were afraid that something bad would happen to them from the radical Islamic people who live in Kosovo.
I love making films and telling stories in this way. I feel like filmmakers should be the people who speak the truth all around the world through their movies, and Forgive Me speaks exactly the truth I’ve lived these last years.
“A master class of visual storytelling in compact form. Rich and deep, each scene is feast for the eyes bringing this story of hurt, loss, and guilt to life.” ~Kurt Shrader (judge)
“This is an amazing narrative and heartfelt conclusion dealing with the Syrian conflict.” ~Bill Bukowski (judge)