Ten-year-old Nori (Val Maloku) and his father Gezim (Astrit Kabashi) roam the streets of Kosovo selling cigarettes, barely earning enough for their survival. Only a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gezim is lured west to Germany in search of a new life and leaves his son behind. Alone and deserted, but filled with tenacity and resilience, Nori embarks on a dangerous journey to find and confront his father.
Selected as Kosovo's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, BABAI had its international premiere in competition at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival where it won the Best Director prize.
“In an astounding role reversal for a father and son made terrifically credible by young Maloku’s towering debut performance, Nori is sure he has the strength to carry them both — as long as they stay together.” –Nora Lee Mandel, Maven's Nest
DIRECTED BY VISAR MORINA
GERMANY, KOSOVO, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, FRANCE | 2015 | ALBANIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES