Shadow Game. Netherlands 2021. Director: Eefje Blankevoort, Els Van Driel. Screenplay: Eefje Blankevoort. 94 Min. Dokumentary. Language: English, Arab, Kurdish, Persian, Pashto. Subtitles: English. Suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 16.
They call it „The Game“ but it is a life-threatening endeavor. Alone or as a group, adolescents try to reach the EU through the Balcan route. They sleep under motorway bridges, traverse raging rivers at sub-zero temperatures at night and hide in trains and trucks. It is an Odyssey which they document on TikTok and Instagram. Over WhatsApp they keep in contact with their families. If the border police catches the minors, they have to expect mistreatments and illegal pushbacks. Their mobile phones become film cameras and show us close-up that the fortress Europe does not want them. But a return to their home countries is no option.
2021 | SHADOW GAME
Els van Driel is a journalist and director. As part of her work for IKON television she directed the documentary series MENSJESRECHTEN, which addresses children’s rights. Eefje Blankevoort is a journalist, plans interactive projects and exhibitions and directs documentaries.