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Many Somalis dream of a better life in the US. They are called »Bufis« or daydreamers. For men like Assad this is a business opportunity. Assad is the best scriptwriter of Nairobi. When the U.S. embassy opens the green card lottery, he creates fake families out of dispersed refugees. Thanks to his creativity, his experience as an acting coach and his connections in the Embassy, he has sent hundreds of fake families to the US.
This time, he choses a former warlord, a runaway bride, a prostitute and a widower and his son to create a fake family. Assad is the only person who knows their real identity. During their adventure each member will learn a lot of things. With the help of Assad and his team they will achieve much more than a new life and a brighter future. Throughout the process many things will change. Nothing will be the same again after what they have gone through and shared with one another. All the members of this fake family must do is to stay focused on the script and give their best performance. But this is not as easy as it sounds. A lot of new facts are revealed and disrupt the fragile process of conning the Americans.
Assad himself will set out on an internal journey, from being a cold heart trafficker to a
family man. Bufis is based on true events - It is a story that will make you laugh and cry - like the characters, we are all ready to fight for our dreams especially when we finally understand what they truly are.

  • Mahad Ahmed
  • Vincenzo Cavallo
  • Dr.Faras
  • Titus Kreyenberg
  • Ilmi Ahmed Abdirahman
    Key Cast
  • Abdirahman Ali Buul
    Key Cast
  • Shazmin Ali Sheikh Abdullahi
    Key Cast
  • Abdirizak Maalim Ahmed
    Key Cast
  • Hodan Mohamed Aden
    Key Cast
  • Zeitun Salat
    Key Cast
  • Rand Pearson
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Somali, Swahili
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Director Biography - Mahad Ahmed, Vincenzo Cavallo

Mahad and Vincenzo have known each other since 2014. They
started to work together on WAZI?FM, Mahad as an actor and
Vincenzo as a director. The feature film won the Golden Dhow at Ziff in 2015. In 2020 they worked together again on Almost Somali, a documentary directed by Mahad and produced by Vincenzo that was released in 2022 on Arte. Mahad gained popularity as director by starting a YouTube collective called Somali React, he recently directed a series for Astan TV as well. Vincenzo, who has been a Berlinale Talent two times in 2018 and 2019, is working full time with its production company; he has lived and worked in Kenya since 2007. He produced award-winning web series, TV series and an XR immersive experience.

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Director Statement

Martin Luther King once said, “...we have the moral right to disobey an unjust law.” But how do you disobey a whole immigra-tion policy? You have no other choice but to scam it!
When we decided to make this film we wanted to make people laugh and think about the absurdity of the world we live
in. Way too often you have to lie just to mobtain what is yours.
It took us many years to find out about this epic scam that is at the centre of our film and it will take many more years be-
fore the scammers will finally be celebrated as true heroes and the US lawmakers as true criminals.

This film is our humble contribution to decolonize another chapter of migration history.