Sammy is eight years old. He lives with his mother Helene and his sister Molly. Sammy’s father left the family a year ago, as he needed some “time off”. Before he left he gave Sammy a present: a hamster named Raffi. The little rodent is something very special. Not only can he kick goals with a football but he can also sniff out smuggled goods. Raffi and Sammy are best friends. However, one day Raffi is ill and it turns out to be worse than anyone thought: a heart disease, which needs to be operated. This, being bad enough as it is, gets worse when Raffi is suddenly gone! Raffi is stolen by Rocky, a ruthless criminal. As Helene is busy working and Molly prefers spending time with her boyfriend, Sammy secretly begins his search for Raffi alone. He is worried about his little hamster, and his search soon turns out to be an odyssey through the big city of Hamburg. In the end, and after a tremendous and long search, Sammy reaches the famous hamster show. However, suddenly everyone wants Raffi: the show-master, Rocky and Sammy himself. Can Sammy stand up against all grown-ups? Can he save Raffi?
AREND AGTHE studied German Literature, Philosophy and Drama in Frankfurt. After working as a cartoonist and journalist he became a writer and director for cinema and TV. In 2012 he founded, together with his wife Bettina Kupfer, the Mimi & Crow Filmproduktion to produce MY FRIEND RAFFI, based on the novel he and his wife wrote together. A selection of his other films includes: RIVERTRIP WITH A HEN (1984), FALCON SUMMER SKY (1987), YEARS OF WONDER (1989), KARAKUM (1993), and OVER THE SEA TO FREEDOM (2011).