Stranger in Paradise

Stranger in Paradise
Guido Hendrikx
Netherlands | 2016 | 73 min.


Category: Eurodrome

Language: Dutch, English, French

Subtitles: Czech, English

Stranger in Paradise

"What do you actually want from Europe? Do you think of us as a sort of Garden of Eden, whose fruit you can harvest as you wish?" Exhausted immigrants, who have just survived the sea to arrive on European shores, continue to hear such questions.

The documentary’s protagonist Valentijn Dhaenens, a Belgian actor, assuming the role of a mentor, confronts immigrants at his lectures with some of the typical European attitudes towards their arrival. Should we caution them about potential problems? Or support their dreams for a better life? Who will get a chance to stay in Europe? How do we decide? One thing is certain: far more complicated mechanisms than the mere determination and will of foreigners lie behind entering “paradise”. Under which scenario will one of the greatest stories of our time – the story of migration, hope and disillusionment in which everyone is forced to play a role – develop?

"What do you actually want from Europe? Do you think of us as a sort of Garden of Eden, whose fruit you can harvest as you wish?" Exhausted immigrants, who have just survived the sea to arrive on European shores, continue to hear such questions.

The documentary’s protagonist Valentijn Dhaenens, a Belgian actor, assuming the role of a mentor, confronts immigrants at his lectures with some of the typical European attitudes towards their arrival. Should we caution them about potential problems? Or support their dreams for a better life? Who will get a chance to stay in Europe? How do we decide? One thing is certain: far more complicated mechanisms than the mere determination and will of foreigners lie behind entering “paradise”. Under which scenario will one of the greatest stories of our time – the story of migration, hope and disillusionment in which everyone is forced to play a role – develop?

Guido Hendrikx

Filmography
2016 - Stranger in Paradise
2014 - Among Us
2013 - Escort

Sales

Maëlle Guenegues
CAT&Docs
e-mail: maelle@catndocs.com

Projection

08. 03. 15:30 Atlas - Small Hall Discussion Tickets
12. 03. 17:30 Atlas - Large Hall Czech premiere Discussion Tickets
13. 03. 20:30 Kino 35 Discussion Tickets

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