'Losing Us' is a short film and a story about


17-year-old Gezim, an illegal refugee in the UK, is doing everything he can to keep his 11-year-old sister Elira safe after their mother goes missing and they are left to fend for themselves.

Losing Us is in development and we hope to go into production in the summer of 2021. 
All the filming will take place in Norfolk, UK. If you are a crew member or an actor from this area, get in contact as we are expanding our crew contact list. 
Email our producer Lesley van Dijk on levandijk@hotmail.com
Image by Annie Spratt

17-year-old Gezim and 11-year-old Elira live in a happy, loving Albanian family. Violence in their community is rising and the killing of their dad forces their mother Luljeta and the siblings to flee for their lives. They leave their country and after a treacherous long journey, they finally end up on UK shores. Here they have to find ways to survive with the help of the dangerous human trafficking gang member who gives them fake passports.

Luljeta, who is a former teacher, takes a job as a cleaner but what she earns is not enough to feed her children and pay back the gang members. Luljeta mysteriously disappears, leaving her children Gezim and Elira to fend for themselves without any knowledge of what happened to their mother. Gezim fears the worst and tries to protect his sister from that knowledge while attempting to figure out how to survive.


Losing Us is very proud to have a professional, dedicated, diverse and gender-balanced team, with ethnic backgrounds and nationalities ranging from Estonian, Dutch, German, English, Indian and French.

Who are the main characters in



Losing Us will centre around the lives of our three main characters, but will also have 6 other speaking roles and seven featured extras. 


A 17-year-old Albanian refugee is a caring, yet tough and proud young man. After fleeing his home country along with his mother and sister, his main focus in life is keeping his family, especially his younger sister safe. That becomes increasingly difficult for him as he is left with no money and missing a mother, in a country that he is not allowed to be in. Gezim is closed, awkward and mistrusting around other people. He feels like he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders but around his sister Elira, we see rays of his happier sides shine through.


An 11-year-old girl, who in her core is confident, strong, friendly and with lovely traces of childhood innocence. However, the dramatic experiences in the last year of her life are affecting her a lot. Her strength is particularly tested while being anxious and sullen about her missing mother, when she starts to have her period for the first time. Elira loves her brother Gezim and has a good relationship with him. She feels safe around him.

In Gezim’s weak moments, she rises above the situation and the roles almost reverse.


Is a loving mother to Gezim and Elira, and a former teacher. The dramatic events in her home country and the loss of her husband have projected her life onto a path she never imagined she would have to take. As an illegal immigrant, she has to go to extremes to protect her children and to provide for them. The stress and the strain of her experiences take a toll on her health.

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