The new Luxembourgish comedy will run in cinemas from 20 March. It follows an Egyptian DJ who finds himself in Luxembourg, a country he has never heard of before, where he is mistaken for a refugee.
DJ Skaarab's dream to take part in a prestigious championship in Brussels is shattered to pieces when his flight is redirected to Luxembourg because of a major strike in Belgium (sound familiar?). Having lost all his papers, he is mistaken for a refugee. The colourful film shows DJ Skaarab's adventures and new encounters on the way to recover his identity.
The director, Adolf El Assal, was born in Egypt and raised in Luxembourg, so he wanted to share his personal experience: "While growing up, I was part of a very multi-cultural and cosmopolitan society. I always wanted to tell a story of a protagonist who lands by mistake in Luxembourg, just as my parents did. Plus, one of my biggest passions is telling stories with a comedic feel, but a serious background."
The film, which took five years to complete, will be playing in four languages: English, French, Luxembourgish, and Arabic, with subtitles available in English, French and German. This is also a part of the director's plot. "Growing up in Luxembourg, I was lucky enough to learn five languages fluently. This is simply part of Luxembourg's DNA... That's why I would like to show a different side of Luxembourg many people don't know about," - says Adolf El Assal.
However, finding an Egyptian actor to play the leading character, DJ Skaraab, who was fluent in English, turned out to be a challenge. In the end the role went to Kamir Kassem, famous in the Arab world for numerous roles in films and series. In Sawah he is playing alongside the Belgian actor Éric Kabongo. A number of Luxembourgish actors are also featured, including Nilton Martins, Paul Robert and Elisabet Johannesdottir, in important roles.
The music was composed by Eric Bintz aka Cehashi (laureate at the latest Luxembourg Music Awards and outstanding music producer for artists such as French rapper Youssoupha).