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Shadow Game

Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel

Impressive documentary following several teenage boys who fled their home countries and are trying to find protection in Europe. It tells tories of hardship and exploitation, but also of endurance, warmth and human spirit. 

Many of the teenagers call it ‘the game’: the journey along the Balkan route into western Europe. It is their way to keep themselves motivated. There are different games: the train game, the container game, the walking game. ‘It’s a mission’, SK (15) from Afghanistan says. ‘If you complete it, you win the game.’ And if you fail, you will try again next time. There really is no other option.

Shadow Game brings us very close to the many unaccompanied minors trying to find protection in Europe. The disarming Hammoudi (14) from Syria tells us about the time he was stopped by masked policemen in Croatia. We see Yaseen (17) from Pakistan, carrying a little cat he found and shares his food with. For all of them, and the other boys in the film, the emotional and physical impact of what they’re going through is severe. Still, many retain a youthful, innocent optimism.

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Credits

Regie
Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel
Soort
Documentaire
Land
Nederland
Jaar
2020
* Theatres with English subtitles

Theaters, dates and times (updated when more dates are announced)

Den Haag
Sun 9 May at 15:00 in Filmhuis Den Haag*
Leiden
Mon 10 May at 19:00 in Kijkhuis*
Enschede
Mon 10 May at 19:30 in Concordia*
Amersfoort
Mon 10 May at 20:15 in De Lieve Vrouw
Utrecht
Mon 10 May in Louis Hartlooper Complex
Alkmaar
Tue 11 May at 19:00 in Filmhuis Alkmaar
Apeldoorn
Tue 11 May at 20:00 in Gigant
Groningen
Tue 11 May at 20:30 in Vera Zienema*
Amsterdam
Wed 12 May at 19:30 in Kriterion*
Nijmegen
Wed 12 May at 19:30 in LUX
Deventer
Mon 24 May at 20:00 in Mimik
Delft
Thu 27 May at 19:30 in Lumen
Arnhem
in Focus Filmtheater
Hilversum
in Filmtheater Hilversum
Maastricht
in Lumière*
Middelburg
in Cinema Middelburg*
Wageningen
in Movie W