Ajyal Film Festival 2023

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The Chicken

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Una Gunjak / Short Narrative / Germany, Croatia / 2014 / 15 min / Colour / DCP
In Bosnian / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Women, Drama, History, War, Family, Children
MENA Premiere


It’s 1993 and the siege of Sarajevo is in full swing. Today is Selma’s sixth birthday and, unable to find anything more appropriate, her father sends – of all things – a live chicken as a present. Selma is perfectly content with her gift, but when she realises the bird is destined to become her birthday dinner, she is determined to rescue it from its fate. But simple actions can have unexpected consequences in wartime. ‘The Chicken’ was an official selection in the Cannes Critics’ Week.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Una Gunjak was born in Sarajevo in 1986. In 2008 she completed a BA in Film Studies at the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy and in 2010 she completed an MA in Editing at the National Film and Television School in the UK. ‘The Chicken’, had its official premiere at the Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2014.


Una Gunjak
Una Gunjak
Jelena Goldbach
Anja Siemens
Bernd Schurer
Matthias Pilz
Sales Company
Salaud Morisset
Production Company
Iman Alibalić, Esma Alić, Mirela Lambić, Mario Knezović

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