Screening in June

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.

How can you help? Together with the young people from the film, the makers launch the manifesto Protect children on the move. With four recommendations to national and European politicians to better protect unaccompanied refugee children. Sign and share the manifesto via social media. Would you rather do something else? Check out the website of Shadow Game for various tips.

Credits

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

Theatres, dates and times

Alkmaar
Tue 22 Jun at 18:45 in Filmhuis Alkmaar
Amersfoort
Mon 14 Jun at 20:15 in De Lieve Vrouw
Amsterdam
Wed 16 Jun at 19:30 in Kriterion*
Apeldoorn
Tue 22 Jun at 20:00 in Gigant
Arnhem
Wed 30 Jun at 19:00 in Focus Filmtheater
Delft
Thu 17 Jun at 19:30 in Lumen
Den Haag
Sun 20 Jun at 16:30 in Filmhuis Den Haag Pop-Up Cinema in Concordia CC*
Deventer
Mon 28 Jun at 20:00 in MIMIK
Enschede
Mon 14 Jun at 19:30 in Concordia*
Groningen
Tue 22 Jun at 20:30 in Vera Zienema*
Hilversum
Tue 22 Jun at 20:30 in Filmtheater Hilversum
Leiden
Mon 21 Jun at 19:00 in Kijkhuis*
Maastricht
Mon 14 Jun at 19:30 in Lumière*
Middelburg
Tue 22 Jun at 20:00 in Cinema Middelburg*
Nijmegen
Wed 23 Jun at 19:30 in LUX
Utrecht
Mon 14 Jun at 18:30 in Louis Hartlooper Complex
Wageningen
Tue 15 Jun at 20:30 in Movie W*
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