Shadow Game

Documentary about young people who have fled their country of birth and are seeking protection in Europe.

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Many of them call it ‘the game’: the journey along the Balkan route into Western Europe. For the teenage boys we meet in SHADOW GAME, it is a way to keep themselves motivated. There are different games: the train game, the container game, the walking game. If you reach Western Europe, you win the game. And if you fail, you will try again; 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. And we see Yaseen (17) from Pakistan, carrying a little cat he found. For both of them, and for all 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.

Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel, Netherlands, 2021, 90 min. Kurdish, Arabic, Pushto, Farsi & English spoken, Dutch subtitles.