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Shadow Game

Every day teenagers who have fled their war-torn countries try to cross Europe’s borders in search of protection and a better life. They travel through a shadow world we never see: a world of minefields, bears, fast-flowing rivers, smugglers and border guards. ‘The game’ is the bitterly ironic term for crossing borders that has become commonplace among these young refugees. Risking their lives, the teenagers undertake a treacherous journey that often takes months or even years. Along the way, they grow up fast.

Now that fences have gone up all over Europe, seeking asylum has become almost impossible. Reaching their final destination has become more difficult than ever. Their journey takes them through the whole of Europe: from Greece to North Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Italy to France and The Netherlands.

‘Shadow Game’ is a mosaic story in which the experiences of many young refugees on the road are forged together into one universal tale: a modern Odyssey. Filmed over a period of three years, partly by the main characters themselves, Will they overcome the numerous obstacles they face? And will they find a new home?

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2021
  • Duration: 90 & 52 mins
  • Production: WitFilm
  • Director: Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: The Netherlands

FESTIVAL & AWARDS

  • PRIX EUROPA Best European TV Documentary of the Year 2021 (Germany), Goulden Kalf Prize for Best Long Documentary at Nederlands Film Festival 2021 (Netherlands), Grand Prize of Geneva & Youth Jury Prize at FIFDH Geneva 2021 (Switzerland), Dutch Movies Matter Award at Movies That Matter Festival 2021 (Netherlands), DOK.Fest Munich 2021 (Germany), Timisoara Refugee Arts Film Festival 2021 (Romania), AKS International Minorities Film Festival 2021 (Denmark), Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2021 (Germany), Silbersalz Film Festival 2021 (Germany), LUCAS International Festival for Young Film Lovers 2021 (Germany), Migrant Film Festival 2021 (Slovenia), UNHCR Refugee Film Festival WILL2LIVE 2021 (Japan), Terra Di Tutti Film festival 2021(Italy), Festival des Libertés 20.21 (Belgium), One World Slovakia 2021 (Slovakia)

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