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Dr. Illegal

Dr.Afarid is a gripping and absorbing medic-family series that tackles the asylum seekers topic in Germany in a thoughtful and humorous way. In the forefront is Dr.Afarid’s wish to gain the German authorities permission to practice legally as a Doctor in Germany. This will enable him and his family to lead a normal life.


For the Afarids this means having the chance to work and being able to send their daughter to school. Furthermore they are in search of their personal happiness.


In the light of German asylum policy it all turns out more complicated than it first seemed and the question remains: “Will the family be able hold together, endure and tackle the many obstacles and finally live a happy life in Germany?”


Basic information

Genre: Drama

Production year: 2014
Running Time: 25:00 min.

Original language: Deutsch , Farsi


Script: Jan Galli
Director: Hadi Khanjanpour
Cinematography: Simon Drescher, Anne Bolick, Rafael Starman
Film Music: Daniel Vulcano
Sound: Tobias Scherer, Cornelius Schick
Editing: Denys Darahan
Production Design: Marlen von Heydenaber, Kristina Kozlova, Melina Schuler
Still Photographer: Ivan Mikha
Executive Producer: Alexander Pietzsch, Leonie Pokutta, Martin Rohé
Production Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH


Benno Fürmann, Roxana Samadi, August Schmölzer, Mehdi Nebbou, Burak Yigit, Neda Rahmanian


Rijeka Student International Film Festival 2016
Denver, Colorado SeriesFest 2016
Brüssel Brussels Short Film Festival 2016
Potsdam Sehsüchte Internationales Studentenfilmfestival 2016
Altkirch Altkirch Short Film Festival 2016
Landshut Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival 2016
Jaipur Jaipur International Film Festival - JIFF 2016
Balchik In the Palace International Short Film Festival 2015
Bukarest CineMaiubit International Student Short Film Festival 2015
Mainz FILMZ Festival des deutschen Kinos 2015
München Internationaler Kreativ Wettbewerb 2015
Biberach Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2015
New York New York Television Festival NYTVF 2015
Washington Cine Golden Eagle Awards 2015
Kaufbeuren Filmzeit Kaufbeuren 2015
Berlin My Europe Film Festival 2015
Berlin First Steps Award 2015
Washington, DC DC Shorts Film Festival 2015
La Jolla The Accolade Competition 2015
Oldenburg Oldenburger Kurzfilmtage Zwergwerk 2015
Köln Civis Medienpreis 2015
Dresden Filmfest Dresden 2015
Berlin Filmfestival Contravision 2015
Stuttgart Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2014
Potsdam Potsdam International Film Festival 2014


Landshut Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival 2016
Sprungbrett Publikumspreis
München Internationaler Kreativ Wettbewerb 2015
Goldenen Ginkgo Award
Washington Cine Golden Eagle Awards 2015
Winner Student Narrative Short
Berlin First Steps Award 2015
Nominierung NO FEAR AWARD für Nachwuchsproduzenten
Washington, DC DC Shorts Film Festival 2015
Audience Award
La Jolla The Accolade Competition 2015
Accolade Award of Excellence
Köln Civis Medienpreis 2015
Young CIVIS Medienpreis

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien