Stranger in Paradise

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DOCVILLE 2017 is voorbij, de volgende editie is gepland tussen 21-29 maart 2018. Onderstaande informatie slaat op de editie van 2017.
DOCVILLE 2017 has passed, the next edition will be March 21-29th 2018. The information below refers to the 2017 edition.

Stranger in Paradise

Directed by Guido Hendrikx
The Netherlands | 82 min. | English (no subtitles)

On an island in the Mediterranean Sea, near the European border, a group of refugees settles in a classroom where a teacher (Valentijn Dhaenens) awaits them. A threefold welcoming speech unfolds: initially dismissive and sobering, then full of empathy and good will, and finally full of complex rules and incomprehensible procedures they will have to comply with.

Stranger in Paradise tries to find a balance between fact and fiction and investigates the power relations between Europe and migrants. Wir Schaffen Das. Or will we not? And at what cost and conditions? The blunt but intelligent approach of director Guido Hendrikx is rather confronting and resembles the work of Renzo Martens, Enjoy Poverty: Episode III, also opener of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam at that time.


About the director(s)



Producer Frank van den Engel
Cinematography Emo Weemhoff
Music Ella van der Woude, Juho Nurmela