Bosnian actor Nazif Mujic fighting deportation in Germany

Bosnian Roma actor Nazif Mujic is fighting deportation in Germany after officials there rejected his bid for political asylum. Mujic hit headlines last year (13) after winning the Silver Bear prize for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival – for playing himself in director Danis Tanovic’s An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, a drama based on his family’s real-life financial struggles.
He returned to the German capital in November (13) with his wife Senada and three young children and applied for permission to make Berlin their home, but his efforts were denied by immigration authorities and the family is due to be deported in March (14).
Mujic is now hoping to receive a helping hand from Berlin Film Festival organisers, who have reached out to the unemployed gypsy and have been raising money privately to aid his legal troubles.
Festival representative Frauke Greiner tells The Associated Press, “When we found out a week ago that Mujic is back in town, we contacted him immediately. His situation is difficult, but we’re hoping the lawyer can help him.”
Greiner reveals Mujic has also been invited to attend this year’s (14) event, which kicks off on 6 February (14).
German authorities have not accepted asylum seekers from Bosnia and Herzegovina for several years, because the former Soviet Union nation is considered to be politically stable following the end of the Bosnian War in December, 1995.