Shortfilm project 2018 of the ifs internationale filmschule köln | 3. semester | 22 min.

Shopping, doing laundry, talking to adults: the 10-year-old boy Promise doesn’t get a chance being a kid very often. He lives with his mother, his siblings and many other refugees in a hotel in Cologne. With a camera, the boy roams through the corridors and rooms and gets an idea of this bizarre, new world.


Director: Bünyamin Musullu
Producer: Charly Hoffmann
DoP: Malte Hafner
Sound: Jelena Lützel
Editing: Maximilian Rodegra


Promise James
Rose Dan James
Blessing Dan
Gift Dan
Hermon Mengsteab
Alpha Oumar Sow
Erik Joisten
Yosef Gebre
Brhane Mulugeta
Ibrahim Farg
Mohammed Jamal

Awards & Festivals

  • Shortfilmfestival Cologne / Winner Audience Award in the Section »Kölner Fenster«
  • International Festival of Film in Tetouan Marokko/ Winner Award for Best Documentary
  • 13. International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania
  • doxs! Kino 2018 Festival in Duisburg
  • Minsk International Film Festival Listapad in Belarus
  • Nominated for the »Golden Key« at the Documentary Film Festival in Kassel
  • International Film Festival of Uruguay