Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

Eefje Blankevoort, Els Van Driel – Shadow Game #FIFDH21

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Teenagers fleeing from war-torn countries into Europe. One of the most dangerous games.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Eefje Blankevoort and Els Van Driel, directors of the film Shadow Game.

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A conversation with Eefje Blankevoort and Els Van Driel, directors of the Shadow Game, winner of the Grand Prize of Geneva in the Creative Documentary Competition of Geneva’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights this year. The film talks about the far-reaching consequences of European asylum policy by documenting the lives of teenage refugees in their dangerous journey across European borders. In this interview, they share their views on the current situation and talk about their work on Shadow Game, connecting with the young protagonists of their film and finding out about the concept of “game,” with which they contextualize their journey to what they hope will be a better life.

Shadow Game : If it’s a game, then it’s one of the most dangerous. Every day, teenagers flee war-torn countries, attempting to cross European borders in search of a better future. Hostile nature, fences or armed guards – every step they take towards their final destination might also prove a step towards death. A stunning coming-of-age film in which lives are consumed on the clandestine roads of a fortress continent.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Eefje Blankevoort, Els Van Driel
  • Interviewee role
    Directors
  • Film title
    Shadow Game
  • Festival section
    Competition - Creative Documentary
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